How to deal with stress

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Camilo Nova


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Just take action.

Simple as that, taking action is how to deal with stress. Stress comes from not taking action on something you can control.

When you take the first action, when you do something, it reduces your stress level. This is why procrastination is such a harmful habit.

Stress does not come from hard work; it comes from inaction. Quite the opposite, working hard gives you a feeling of accomplishment where there's no space for stress.

Jeff Bezos talks about it in the video. Here's the transcript:

Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over. So, if I find that some particular thing is causing me to have stress, that's a warning flag for me.

What it means is there's something that I haven't completely identified, perhaps in my conscious mind, that is bothering me, and I haven't yet taken any action on it.

I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first e-mail message, or whatever it is that we're going to do to start to address that situation -- even if it's not solved -- the mere fact that we're addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it. So, stress comes from ignoring things that you shouldn't be ignoring.

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