Stress: 8 lifestyle changes to reduce it

Simon Hargreaves
The Startup
Published in
8 min readJul 29, 2019

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If you talk to most of my friends they will probably describe me as very calm, and I don’t let stress and anxiety get to me too much. Don’t get me wrong it’s is still there, some level of stress is part of the human condition is always going to have some impact on your life. My calm nature hasn’t always been there and the journey to get there wasn’t quick or easy.

The transformation happened for a couple of key reasons. Firstly I recognised that high levels of reactivity and stress aren’t a healthy or happy way to be, and secondly I got help. Recognising that stress is an unhelpful part of you that needs to be faced and dealt with is a tricky one to come to terms with. It is not unusual for people that suffer from chronic stress to regard it as just who they are and it’s an inherent part of their nature. “It’s just part of being X”, where X is a stand in for anything including culture, ethnicity, job, or societal role. Identifying aspects of the way you interact with the world is part of the way people look at growth and change. A growth mindset is the state of mind where we feel that aspects of our personality can be subject to change, and we ourselves can change them. It says nothing about that change being quick or easy, but it does accept that it is possible and it is in your power to do it.

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Simon Hargreaves
The Startup

I've a writer, film maker, team leader and technologist. Working on the forefront of creative technology for over 20 years.