5 Ways To Turn Stress Into Success

photo: Lucy Williams

 

In the mist of to-do lists, family, school, friends, work and endless agendas, we tend to crash and become very anxious. Anxiety and stress are at an all time high it seems. Everyone seems to be talking about it like it’s totally normal. But it’s not.

So how do you turn it around and create success?

#1 Breathe
Sure, it sounds cliché and it’s probably not the first thing you want to hear, but it’s the first thing you need to do. Stop, close your eyes and take three deep breaths.

Have a short moi moment. Whisper small words of encouragement. Do not open your eyes until you have finished. You are going to be fine! You’ve got this.

#2 Plan. Review. Attack
Most of the time, the reason we tend to become anxious is because of the clutter in our minds. We have so much to do yet very little time to get it done.

The best answer to this problem is to coordinate our responsibilities. Ask yourself, ‘What do I need to get done first and why?’ Next, ‘How long will this task take?’

And last, ‘How can I successfully get this done? You’ll notice your agenda becoming more and more approachable. Mapping everything out puts your mind at ease and will help you begin your tasks with little to no anxiety!

#3 Exercise
Okay, I get it. We can be lazy (I’ll raise my hand first for that one). But in a time of worry and unease, it is oh-so-essential to ‘sweat-it- out.’ Studies show time-and-time again that working out eases human stress and make us feel energized for the day.

And, because there are so many different ways of exercising, it can be exciting! A great way to declutter your mind, have fun and get focus.

#4 Eat Smart
I’m one to advocate and say it’s fine to have a piece of candy here and there, but it’s not very wise to over do it. The last thing you want is to fall deep into anxiety.

Junk food will do that. Make smart choices on what goes onto your plate and eat healthily! If you need a quick pick-me-up, grab some fruit or if you have a chocolate craving, reach for some dark chocolate. It’ll help you focus!

#5 Keep good company

There is something about the human reaction when we enter a library or quiet setting, and see another person working. We suddenly have the urge to work and get our tasks done too!

Gather a group of goal-driven friends and meet up for a study session or creative gathering. Create an atmosphere where you will be inspired to work anxiety-free. Encourage each other in achieving each of your goals and in due time you will get there!

Comment below with how you turn anxiety to success!

Written by Rachel O. JB Kehinde

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