The Hack Stress IQ Matrix explores a process of steps you can use to alleviate stress and gain more peace of mind. The mind map presents you with an emotional self-management plan that will help you to better manage your stress levels throughout the day. Any time stress starts to get the better of you, use the map as a reference tool to help guide your thoughts and actions towards a more optimal and productive state of mind. As you work through the map you will understand how to better recognize moments of stress, how to identify the causes of stress, how to evaluate your reactions and responses to stressful situations, and how to adapt and successfully alleviate your stress levels.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Hack Stress IQ Matrix:
- RECOGNIZE: To alleviate stress you need to first recognize moments of stress. The first branch of this mind map walks you through how to recognize elevated stress levels. It also breaks down what to immediately do when stress gets the better of you.
- IDENTIFY: Having recognized your stress response, it’s now time to identify the causes of that stress. The second branch of this mind map takes you through a series of questions that help you to isolate what exactly is stressing you out. This partially comes down to your perspective and how much visible control you feel that you have over the situation.
- EVALUATE: Now comes time to dig a little deeper and evaluate how best to respond to this situation. The third branch of this mind map explores your language, expectations and intentions and how they impact your stress levels. Here you are also challenged to turn your stress into a problem.
- ADAPT: The final branch of this mind map is all about adaptation. In other words, it’s about reframing your perspective and generating helpful solutions that will help you to adapt to the situation at hand. Using the insights you gained from prior branches, will help you to come up with effective solutions for alleviating your stress levels.
This map provides a roadmap for hacking stress. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these principles into your subconscious mind. Only in this way will you develop optimal habits of mind and patterns of behavior that will transform how you think and feel in various situations.
A mind map, of course, does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you try to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information. The brain, subsequently, rewires itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s an ideal tool for creating lasting change and transformation.