5 Healthy Ways To Deal With Stress

 

photo: Camille Charriere

 

As a career girl, it comes as no surprise that stress is just a fact of life. If we want to have success, it’s inevitable that challenges will occur along the way. Whilst stress is likely to be something you think of negatively, it doesn’t have to be.

In fact, stress can actually be a good thing. It pushes you, helps you react and is a sign of working hard. That being said, if it isn’t dealt with well, problems can occur. Essentially, you have to learn how to make stress your friend. Here’s how:

1. Accept the stress

More often than not we like to think we are on top of things. We want to be able to handle everything thrown our way with no trouble. The result? Not being able to admit when we are stressed. Once you realize that stress doesn’t make you weak, it only makes you human you feel a great sense of release. Saying it aloud means you can seek the help of others, or have people be more understanding of how frantic you have been.

2. Take your time

Stress is great for helping you reach achievements. But, being overly stressed occurs when there is too much pressure to reach goals. You have to come to terms with the fact that slow and steady will get you much further. Take your time and don’t try to tackle too much at once and the stress you feel will be a good thing. If you’re feeling stressed, why not plan and organize your time and give yourself plenty of time to do all your tasks.

 

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3. Learn from everything

Times of stress are a great lesson. Take every challenge as an opportunity to grow. Being stressed will make you much more head-strong for the next challenge that you have to face. Plus, it will force you to appreciate your down time (something we definitely all struggle with from time to time!).

4. Ask for a hand

For stress to not get out of hand, you must be able to ask for help. Knowing when the stress you feel is something you can handle or when it has gone too far is essential. If you recognize that things are getting on top of you, ask for help. Turn to friends, family, a partner. Anyone that loves and cares about you and would be willing to listen. That way, you will have just the right dose of stress without it being too overwhelming.

5. Look for the positives

Sometimes when we are stressed we adopt a negative mindset. We focus on the little things as though they are huge. Gaining perspective will help overcome this and turn stress into a good thing. Be grateful that you are busy, gaining achievements and progressing in life. That way, you will learn to appreciate that stress can be a good thing.

Let us know how you handle stress in the comments below, and remember girls, tomorrow is another day, so tackle any stress head on and know that we believe in you!

 


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  • Yusra Bagsheir

    Thank you for this post Emma! I agree with all the points you’ve mentioned. I also find it essential to Take Time Off and just focus on yourself, whether it be a mini facial, watch an episode of your fav. series, or even having a full body scrub / pamper routine. This helps my mind to destress and helps it to focus more on what needs to be done.

    xx

    • Lisa Collins

      This is such beautiful advice Yusra! I totally agree, when I’m stressed out I always make sure to sit out by myself, either with something tasty that I can enjoy or just chilling with a movie. once I feel a little better I make sure to surround myself with friends and drinks!

  • Great list of tips on how to cope with stress. I think #4 is so true. Having someone like a friend or your partner by your side when you are stressed out helps =o)

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    • Lisa Collins

      We’re glad you like Emma’s list! Do you have any tips of your own that you would recommend? x

  • Hi! I’ve been following your blog for about a month now and love your work. This one in particular stands out. #1 and #4 definitely strike a chord. Thank you for sharing. :)

    • Lisa Collins

      We’re glad your enjoying the blog @micolekaye:disqus, I think most of the time we feel like we don’t want to burden others with our problems. But in reality our friends and family are always willing to listen and help. Looking forward to seeing your future comments!

  • This is a fantastic post! I really agree with everything you’ve posted – especially asking for help. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in stress and not realize there are people around who are willing to help make your life easier or help you get through what you’re dealing with.

    Caitlin – wandererandwolf.com

    • Lisa Collins

      Beautifully said Caitlin, I think sometime we are also a little afraid to admit to someone we love that we’re stressed or not doing well. Do you have any tips for dealing with stress yourself?

  • This is something I definitely need. Before, I lost a lot of things because of letting stress take over. Now I am claiming my time back and I’m taking the break I very much needed.

    • Lisa Collins

      I’m glad you are taking the time to do whats best for you Aica. Stress can be so exhausting. It’s so hard to actually step back and take that break, so we’re very proud of you here at CGD. Do you have any tips from your own past experiences?

      • Hi Lisa! I only have one tip for everyone here: that it’s great to take a break. Early this year I tried juggling myself, my old job, my relationship with others, and everything. I barely had time to do the things I love: creating art, blogging, hanging out with my friends, watching my favorite films and shows, and reading. I got too caught up desiring my dreams and goals, I forgot about the small things that I enjoyed.

        It’s good to have goals, it’s great to have ambition to pursue them. But it’s also as important to appreciate the (good) kind of distractions from goals every now and then.

  • Miles Goosens

    Great post! Stress is bad juju. I try to remember to take three deep breaths, or try to refocus on how doing the right thing at work will take care of my wife and dogs and guinea pigs, which is more motivating sometimes than thinking about my own well-being.

  • Natalie Redman

    Looking for the positives in situations is important especially when you are stressing out!

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