Wondering how to cope with stress? When you’re working on your own success, 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.
Use a planner like the Getting Stuff Done planner to really plan out every hour of the day, prep your meals, track your water intake, and keep yourself on track.
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 downtime (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!