Tools to help you remain calm and in control during turbulent times.

Research shows that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress, according to Travis Bradberry, best-selling author and consultant on emotional intelligence. In an Entrepreneur magazine article, Bradberry says too much stress decreases cognitive performance. And he suggests taking these steps to empower yourself and regain control:

    Appreciate what you have. Being grateful isn’t merely the right thing to do, it’s smart too. People who cultivate an attitude of gratitude experience improved mood, energy and physical wellbeing.

    Avoid asking “what if?”. The more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend taking action that will calm you down and keep your stress under control.

    Stay positive. Positive thoughts help reduce stress by focusing your brain’s attention on something that is completely stress-free. Give your brain a little help by consciously selecting something positive to think about.

    Disconnect. When you make yourself available to your work 24/7, you expose yourself to a constant barrage of stressors. Forcing yourself offline and even turning off your phone gives your body a break.

Too much stress increases the risk of heart disease, depression and obesity. Plus, it adds a level of anxiety that makes it almost impossible to feel empowered and effective on the job. For more on the strategies smart people employ to keep their cool in times of stress, check out the full article.