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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.

Who is this map for?

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to better manage their stress levels throughout the day.
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how to adapt and make the most of stressful situations.
  • Anyone who is interested in learning about perspectives and how they influence and affect our stress levels.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” — Lou Holtz

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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.


When you purchase the Hack Stress IQ Matrix you will receive:

  • A PDF copy of the IQ Matrix, which you can use for printing in high resolution.
  • A JPG image file of the IQ Matrix, which is ideal for viewing on tablets and mobile devices.
  • An Idea Generation Template of the IQ Matrix that provides you with a segmented canvas for brainstorming ideas about this topic.
  • A Free Form Template of the IQ Matrix that provides you with an almost blank canvas for exploring this topic in a multitude of creative ways.
  • A Memory Recall Template of the IQ Matrix that helps you recall the information contained within the map from memory.
  • A Language Translation Template of the IQ Matrix that provides you with a canvas for translating the content of this map into another language.
  • A MindManager file for those who wish to edit the content of the mind map (text only version).
  • An Xmind file for those who want an alternative to MindManager (text only version).
  • A Desktop Background version of the map you can use for reference on your computer.
  • A Second and Third Version of the map with an additional layer of text that gives you deeper insights into this topic.

Additional visual resources and variations of this IQ Matrix might be added to your account page at no extra cost in the future.

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