7 tips for dealing with stress

7 Tips for Handling Stressful Situations

Have you ever felt stressed out? Stressful events can actually be an opportunity for self-growth, if you allow them to be. Whether you’re dealing with financial setbacks, health problems, or workplace difficulties, don’t let stress drag you down.

Here are 7 ways that you can handle stress effectively:

1. Acceptance

You will suffer setbacks, problems, and hardships. Learning how to handle these and accept that stress is part and parcel of life should be foremost in your mind.  When stressful situations arise, think ‘what can I do to move forward?’  

2. Keep your problems in perspective

A flat tyre does not have the power to ruin your whole day, its merely an inconvenience. Maybe you weren’t meant to be on the A1 when that lorry crashed into seven cars. Don’t allow a pessimistic inner voice to take control.

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3. Take care of the physical you

It’s really important to keep your body in great condition. You won’t be able to combat stress if you’re worn out and running on empty. Exercise, get plenty of sleep, and maintain a diet that keeps you healthy.

4. Allowance

Choose to cope with discomfort in a productive manner. Allow yourself to feel uncomfortable emotions, like anxiety, fear, and sadness, head-on. Use healthy activities, like going for a walk, journalling or involving yourself in a hobby to cope with emotional pain.

5. Balance

Sometimes, in an attempt to avoid facing problems, people fill their schedules with social activities. Others deal with stress by withdrawing from their friends and family. Learn to strike a good balance. Maintain a healthy social life even when you’re stressed, but also have time alone to be with your thoughts and feelings.

6. Acknowledgement

Stress can cause people to feel like a victim of bad circumstances. Everything you do, from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep, is a choice. Be willing to say no to things that you don’t want to do and accept responsibility for your behaviour.

7. Look for the silver lining

Look for the silver lining in tough circumstances. There will be one. Recognize that good things can come from stressful circumstances or situations. Rather than allowing hardship or circumstances to define you, choose to use stressful circumstances to become the best person you can be. You owe it to yourself

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