Did you know that the word ‘stressed’ actually reads ‘desserts’ backwards? It kind of makes sense because if you think about it, having too many desserts can bring our body and mind more pressure than pleasure.

The dictionary defines stress as a state of mental or emotional tension or strain that results from demanding or adverse circumstances. High-stress situations happen all the time in life as well as in business. Things happen and can crash and burn. Deals collapse, partners leave, meetings where everything is on the line go south.

While we all know that too much stress can hurt us emotionally, mentally and physically, destroy our sleep patterns, make us gain weight and keep us from being our best self, the right amount of stress can actually be good for us and a big motivator to achieve our goals.

If you can learn to control and manipulate the stress in your life, you can actually turn that stressful energy into success and be more productive. Here are our TOP 10 ways to turn stress into success.


#1 Plan. Review. Attack.
Most of the time we are stressed and anxious because our mind is cluttered and we have too much to do in very little time. The best way to deal with this problem is to have a good hard look at everything you need to do and coordinate your responsibilities. Ask yourself what it is that you really need to get done, what you have to do first and why and how long it will take to complete the task. Then tackle the issue of how you can successfully get it done and you will notice how your agenda becomes more and more approachable. Having a plan, reviewing it and then attacking it, will put your mind at ease and you will be able to start to tackle your goals with little to no stress.

#2 Exercise
Sure, we can all be lazy, but when you are stressed out, worried and uneasy, it is essential to hit the gym and sweat it out. Studies show over and over again that physical activity releases stress and makes us feel energized and productive for the entire day. And the great thing about working out is that there are so many different ways of exercising that it’s exciting to find the right thing for you and with that declutter your mind, get focused and have fun.

#3 Keep Good Company
Have you ever noticed that when you enter a library or other quiet setting and see someone working that you feel the sudden urge to get to work and get your tasks done, too. Our environment is hugely important, so create a social support network of goal-driven friends and meet up for creative work sessions. Create an atmosphere that inspires stress-free work and encourage each other to achieve your goals. You’ll be amazed how in time you will actually get there and reach success.

#4 Eat Smart
Sure, we all like to enjoy a piece of cake or ice cream from time to time and that’s totally fine as long as we don’t overdo it. But too much sugar will only exacerbate stress and anxiety and won’t get us anywhere. And it’s not just sugar, but any kind of junk food. Be smart about your food choices and eat healthy. Make the main focus lean protein, vegetables and fruit, whole grains and healthy fats and you will experience how when you fuel yourself right, you are much more able to handle stress and turn it into success. And when you do have a chocolate craving, go for dark chocolate, which can actually help you focus.

#5 Stay Positive
It’s amazing how when you focus your energy and time on being positive, stress simply evaporates because all the positive energy helps you to work in a forward direction. By simply changing your attitude and expectations, you can alter any situation. Look at the big picture and put everything in perspective and then ask yourself if it’s really worth all the stress. Will it even matter next week, a month from now or even a year from now. If the answer is no, alter, adapt or dismiss and move one. If it is really worth the stress, then keep pushing forward but allow yourself to have fun and relax.

#6 Have Fun & Relax
One of the best stress relievers is to have fun and relax. More often than not we are so focused on getting things done that we forget to take care of our own needs. Take a Friday off and enjoy a long weekend or spend an afternoon golfing or meeting up with friends. Remember what it’s like to have fun and nurture yourself. This is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, because you will put yourself in a better place to handle life’s stressors, which will inevitably show up.

#7 Stay Cool
Don’t approach life with an attitude of feeling like everything is on the line because the good is never as good as you think and the bad never lasts as long as you think. We make things a bigger deal than it actually is or needs to be. So stay realistic and if something doesn’t work out the way you wanted, know that it’s never as bad as you think. Keep your cool, stay calm and work on the next opportunity that will bring you even bigger and better things.

#8 Disconnect to Connect
Sometimes it is absolutely essential to put our phone down — even for just an hour. It will give you a chance to take a breather and actually catch up face-to-face. Go for emotions instead of using emojis, because texting can never express your true emotions like someone’s voice and face can. Practice deep breathing, count to ten and if you can, close your eyes to feel an even deeper sense of relaxation. Go for a walk, blow off some steam and feed your mind with inspiration instead of being glued to your phone and letting notifications dictate your life.

#9 Find the Opportunity
Whenever something doesn’t go our way, we tend to focus on the negative. However, if you can manage to condition yourself to look for the opportunity in a crisis, you can immediately shift your energy and with that you will be able to handle any stressor that comes your way and can turn it into success rather than failure. Look for the win-win solution that will allow you to find the gift in high-stress situations.

#10 Find Perspective
When you are in a high-stress situation, take a step back and don’t let panic set in. Instead, look at the situation from different perspectives and allow yourself the time to come up with a logical solution, weighing the pros and cons and implementing a plan. Detach and take the emotions out of the equation and with that allow yourself to objectively look at the situation and focus on a solution, rather than the problem.

We can either become slaves to stress and let it crush our life and dreams or we can decide to take control of our life and stress and use the energy to create mind-blowing success. The choices is yours. Focus on the good things in life that will move you forward in a positive direction and take massive action to achieve anything your heart desires.

Joschi & Monika