In PowerME™, stress that matters, refers to the things on your plate that take psychological effort to manage.
This is the day-to-day stress that can steal the motivation and mental energy you need to support your new, healthy behaviors.
We are not referring to:
- Stress that is helpful for lifestyle change. (Completing a difficult workout that strengthens motivation and makes you more resilient.)
- Minor annoyances that are part of day-to-day life.
- Severe stress—which obviously does matter, but is beyond the scope of a lifestyle program.
You can’t get rid of all stress, but that’s okay.
You won’t need to.
Simply reducing some of the stress that matters will give you a deeper reservoir of energy and motivation that will help you stay in the game long enough for your habits and routine to take over.
For diagnosing stress that matters we recommend using—wait for it…a checklist!
Actually, it is more of a stress inventory, but you’ll get the idea as you read on.