Stress is something that we all experience, but sometimes the level of the pressure steps up a notch. That’s how my life has been in the past 3 or 4 months. This has caused me to turn my attention to how to best manage the experience.
My list of the top 7 ways to overcome stress includes:
1. Stay focused on what needs to be done, and do it
The first thing that I notice in myself and in my clients when we are under stress is that our focus waivers. We spend a lot of time trying to manage the stress condition, rather than really focusing on what needs to be done – and getting it done. The simple act of actually making progress on our goals and activities in and of itself helps to keep the stress at bay.
2. Pay attention to today and tomorrow – forget yesterday
The cause of stress is often something that has happened in the past. Something hasn’t worked out as we’d planned, or someone let us down. That’s done. The only way to progress is to place our focus purely on what steps we need to take in the future, and most significantly, what we can do right now to rectify the situation. Spending excess time pondering the past only drains our energy in the present.
3. Know your why
When we’re in the motions of stress, we tend to focus on how we are doing things, rather than why we are doing these things. The how comes when the why is clear and strong. Know why you are here right now, and know why you want to be at a certain point in the future. That when can push you through the highest stress.
4. Get pissed off
Some of the people-caused stress in my life over the past few weeks has simply served as fuel to fire up my goals. Their ignorance and lack of lived values has really caused me to recommit to my goals and delivery of them. As a result, they’ve actually helped me get clarity on what I want and why I want it.
5. Extreme self care
Stress can be a killer. Even though we think we’re managing it well, our bodies can tell us otherwise. It’s really important to exercise, eat well and rest deeply at times of heightened stress.
6. Use humour
My partner and I are particularly good at this. Even when times are challenging, we try and help each other see the lighter side of life. Things will not always be this serious.
We remind ourselves that even if we cannot laugh in the moment, we will be able to laugh about the moment in time. It’s a great reminder to keep perspective.
7. Get some Gratitude
There is much in our world to be grateful for. Gratitude is such an important part of our lives. It reminds me to restart my daily gratitude posts to @gratitudemoment on Twitter. It would be awesome if you could contribute there too, and we can get some great positive energy flowing.
Hope this helps!
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