Stress can have an extremely negative impact on our lives, but many times you try to ignore it and push on. Next time you find yourself going through a stressful period, try using at least one or more of these techniques to help get you through with a little more ease.
1. Always be Grateful
I know Cathy and the other coaches talk about this ALL the time. Guess what it’s, that important! You want to remember ALL he good things about your life, including the people who are in it. By focusing on these things, you will be able to maintain your perspective, so you don’t get too carried away with your stress. Next time you find yourself focusing on everything that is wrong in life, try sitting down for 5 minutes and listing 3 or more things you’re grateful for and be sure to write out WHY. Take this to the next level by doing it every evening before you go to bed. Wanna take it up another notch do the emotional flood exercise daily.
2. Distract Yourself
Sometimes getting through a very stressful time in life is just as simple as finding an effective way to distract yourself. Whether it is going to the gym, going out with friends or even taking up a new hobby, distraction can be a great way to reduce your stress levels. The more distracted you are, the less likely it is that you’ll be impacted by a stressful event in a negative way. Doing these sorts of things will help keep your mind off of things that you’d rather not think about.
Meditating can be an excellent way to clear your mind and free it of stressful thoughts. The more you meditate the better you will get at doing this. I started meditation a few years ago and I started with 5 minutes and then slowly added up. Yes, your mind will wander off like a toddler, but eventually the 5 minutes will fly by and you’ll add more time. Set aside 5 – 15 minutes each day to sit down, close your eyes and just focus on your breathing. Acknowledge any negative thoughts that enter your mind, and picture them leaving as you breathe out. To make it easier, try downloading some guided meditations (apps like Headspace or Calm help).
4. Remember the Serenity Prayer
The Serenity Prayer goes like this: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Even if you aren’t a particularly religious person, this is still great to keep in mind. So many of you get bogged down by problems, concerns and stuff that you either shouldn’t concern yourself with or seriously can’t change the outcome by worrying. If you are going through a period of high stress for whatever reason, you will need to stay focused on these words.
I hope this was helpful, let me know which one you plan on using.