5 Ways To Deal With Stress

Tips and tricks to deal with stress as it comes.

Stress 03rd Jul, 2020

Here are 5 ways to deal with stress: and stop it from creeping up on you. Stress can be around every corner. Although we tend to avoid stress, it’s never very far away from our everyday lives. Fortunately there are always ways to deal with stress, and even some that can be done in the moment.

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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“I wish…I wish I were dead…”
“And what use would that be to anyone?”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

“The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune

We hope you enjoyed the quotations above. Now, let’s get to the nitty gritty:

Remember to Breath:

Taking a deep controlled breath is proven to help regulate and calm down the body. The increased oxygen levels help to elevate your mood and anchor any spiralling emotions. Remembering to breathe at the slightest evidence of stress will alleviate the effects and remove the presence.

Try to Think About the Bigger Picture:

Feeling stressed out is usually accompanied by feelings of helplessness and anxiety over the most minor of things. Trying to look at the bigger picture before we tumble down the rabbit hole of stress is a simple way to ensure we don’t let the stress overwhelm.

Remove Yourself From the Situation:

Usually when we are getting stressed out there is a cause or series of causes. To identify what the cause of stress is at that moment, and then to get away from it before you go over the edge, can be an effective means of dealing with the problem before it becomes too much. This does not have to mean running away, instead it’s about returning to the problem with fresh perspective and in more control.

Think About Something That is a Rock or Anchor:

Feeling stressed usually feels like losing control. By finding some kind of stabilising thought or memory, it can help to ground you before you mentally lose your footing. It doesn’t matter what the anchor is as much as how it makes you feel. Some might think about their family, loved one or even pet. The goal is to find a raft in what would otherwise be a storm of emotion.

Think of Solutions:

Stress is synonymous with procrastination, especially as a vicious cycle of one leading more to the other. By immediately coming up with a battle plan to deal with the cause of stress as it happens, you break the cycle and begin to turn what was negative instead into the potential to make positive steps.

Not all stress is solvable but a lot is and can be, even in the moment.

Not all of these tips will be possible in every moment but some of them are and will have a drastic improvement on how you can deal with stress as it comes. As a hot tip, we recommend trying to combine them together so that you give yourself the best possible chance.

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