Make Stress Your Friend, featured on DressageTrainingOnline.com

Stress isnít the enemy. Learn how to make it your friend and build your personal resilience.

I love this talk given by Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. I found it inspiring and actually necessary for my health. Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 3.19.25 PM

Relating to riding, we often feel stress when we feel we are not reaching our goals or we are in a new situation and we donít know how our horse will react or we are at a competition getting ready to go into the ring. We feel that tightening of the stomach, the hitch in our breath.

Letís stop thinking this is a bad thing and simply understand it is our body preparing us to deal with the situation. The stressful situation is tied to meaning for you, whatever it is that is causing you to feel stress is driven by some type of fear, tied to a meaning that you believe says something about you.

Flexing our stress muscle actually builds strength, so what ever stress inducing situation we may have around riding, think of it as an opportunity to go to the gym, flex that stress muscle, so we can wake up stronger thereafter.

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