Managing Stress

… a core concept in Leadership Skills and Atlas 109

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Merriam-Webster defines stress as something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety and one goal in managing oneself is maintain work-related stress to levels that do not jeopardize one’s health and effectiveness.

The MindTools article, What is Stress (reference below), defines stress as “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.” The article provides the following useful background:

“Hans Selye was one of the founding fathers of stress research. His view in 1956 was that “stress is not necessarily something bad – it all depends on how you take it. The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial, while that of failure, humiliation or infection is detrimental.” Selye believed that the biochemical effects of stress would be experienced irrespective of whether the situation was positive or negative.

“Since then, a great deal of further research has been conducted, and ideas have moved on. Stress is now viewed as a “bad thing”, with a range of harmful biochemical and long-term effects. These effects have rarely been observed in positive situations.”

Dealing with stress is one of the most prevalent topics found in self-improvement and health sites on the internet.

An example of such advice can be found in the Ten Tips from SkillsYouNeed.Com (at, accessed 21 February 2016):

  1. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
  2. Indulge in physical activity
  3. Get more sleep
  4. Try relaxation techniques
  5. Talk to someone
  6. Keep a stress diary
  7. Take control
  8. Manage your time
  9. Learn to say ‘no’
  10. Rest if you are ill

MindTools has a number of articles on managing stress, including thoes found at the following links:

Managing Stress – Create Calm in Your Career, Caroline Smith, MindTools

Centering – Maintaining Focus in Stressful Situations, Caroline Smith, MindTools

How to be Patient – Staying Calm Under Pressure, Caroline Smith, MindTools

Albrecht’s Four Types of Stress – Managing Common Pressures, Caroline Smith, MindTools

The Breaking Point, Bruna Martinuzzi, MindTools


The MindTools Editorial Team, What is Stress? at, accessed 21 February 2016.

Atlas topic and subject

Managing Oneself (core topic) in Leadership Skills.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 21 February 2016.

Image: Gift of Curiosity, at, accessed 21 February 2016.