Encountering stress is as much a part of life as breathing. People spend thousands of dollars on products and techniques to manage stress. For many pilots, the focus and discipline required to fly and the views from the cockpit are ways to give us perspective and escape from the daily stress and pressure of life. Many of us experience peace that comes as we watch the sunrise on the horizon during an early-morning flight. We fly over the red tail lights of rush hour traffic and feel the peace of observing the chaos rather than being in the midst of it.
However, what if the very skills that keep us aloft are the same techniques that can help us engage with stress and frantic pace of life in a way that allows us to be present with those we love the most? What if there was a way to apply the focus and discipline of aviation to cope with an often overwhelming and never-ending “to do” list?