We all face stress of some kind in our lives, whether it’s on a personal or professional level. It’s a well known fact that stress is related to bad or negative thoughts and feelings. Stress is usually caused by a situation or event that puts pressure on us, or by our reaction to being placed under pressure. Either of these situations can be very uncomfortable on both the mind and the body and can also raise feelings such as anxiety, worry and fear. Some of the signs of stress include feeling overwhelmed, being more irritable, feeling constantly tired, having trouble sleeping and struggling to concentrate.
Many studies have found that high levels of stress are directly linked to cardio vascular disease, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure, so understanding how to deal with it is a great tool to have in your armoury. On the flip side, stress can also be used as a development tool to help you face your fears and teach you how to cope with challenging times in your life.
When I am faced with any type of challenge, I ask myself the following:
1. Can I identify who or what is actually stressing me?
2. Am I self inducing this?
3. Have I calmly thought about what is stressing me and found a way to alleviate it?
4. Am I looking at this stress as a bad emotion or can I turn it around and see it as a positive challenge?
5. Can I use this stress to make me even more determined to succeed?
6. Who around me can help support me through this challenge?
7. I tell myself that stressful situations will help to build my inner courage.
The answers to these questions may help you find positive solutions to deal with overwhelming situations. They may also help you discover some coping mechanisms that you can employ to get through stressful times and give you back control of your life.
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional” (Haruki Murakami, Japanese novelist)
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