Stress has unfortunately become an inevitable part of our lives. Researchers at the Society for Neuroscience have found that stress alters the brain circuitry in ways that can have long-term effects on mental health.
One thing is for sure, you can’t simply ignore the stress you experience, but more importantly, you can’t let it control you. If you allow your stressful situations to control your life, your physical and emotional well-being, and relationships with others will eventually be destroyed.
It is important for you to learn how to not only deal with stress effectively but also excel in stressful situations.
Here are five practical ways to help you eliminate stress:
- Identify the root cause.
The first step to tackling stress is to identify the source. The next step is to take note of the physical and emotional changes you experience when you are under stress. The figure above depicts the effects stress has on your body, mind, and behavior.
- Respond, don’t react.
When you are in a stressful situation, it is very easy to react by making impulsive decisions or letting anger and pain get the better of you. In these moments, you need to pause, be silent, and compose yourself and your thoughts. Once you have done that, respond to the situation in a way that produces the most desired outcome.
- Build strong relationships.
Finding comfort in your friends and family when you are stressed is a great way to help you de-stress. It is important to have strong relationships that you can bank on and derive support from during stressful times.
- Believe in yourself.
Don’t let stress overwhelm and frustrate you. Try and view every stressful situation with a mindset that you can conquer the situation and come out victorious. Facing tough stressful situations with a confident attitude is the best way to overcome stress and excel under pressure.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you feel like you are unable to deal with the stress, don’t worry. There are various tools to help you manage and overcome stressful situations. A mentor or guide can help you with such practical tools to not only manage stress but also leverage stressful situations to your advantage.
Our upcoming webinar titled “From distress to de-stress” is designed to equip you with practical tools and crucial tips to help you be stress-free, even in the toughest of situations. To know more, click here.