For many high achievers (i.e. lawyers, doctors, nurses, bankers, traders, entrepreneurs, executives, grad-students, etc.), stress feels like a constant companion. It is there from the moment you wake, to and throughout your sleep. Stress can feel so dominating that the moments of lower or no stress feel so foreign that the unfamiliarity sometimes breeds even more stress. You might find yourself thinking: “This is too good/calm/quiet. When is the other shoe going to drop?”
This kind of dominating stress is the problematic kind – “Chronic Stress.” However, it is not the only kind. There is another kind of stress – “Optimum Stress,” the kind of stress that helps you perform. As many high achievers have probably already noticed, there are certain stressful moments in which we are able to focus and perform at our best; these are times of Optimum Stress. Unfortunately, these are usually few and far between.
Psychotherapy tailored to the high achiever helps manage stress so that you can thrive under stressful situations. It sets high achievers like you up for success by training your brain to spend more time in the beneficial “Optimum Stress” range, and less time in the problematic “Chronic Stress” zone.