Stress is actually good for you.
Allow me to explain. You know that feeling you get after a workout? Or the rush you feel after winning a competition? Small bursts of stress can do your body good. Stress immediately gets a bad rep because we don't know how to control it and our bodies actually cannot distinguish between good and bad stress. Our immediate response to situations signals to our body whether it is good or bad.
Talk Yourself Through It
One of the simplest things you can do when you are faced with a stressful situation (something I do regularly) is talking calmly to yourself. Just tell yourself why you’re stressed out, what you have to do to complete the task at hand, and most importantly, that everything will be okay.
Laugh It Off
When you don't know how to manage your stress, just laugh! Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and signals to your body to decrease its stress-causing hormones.
Walk It Off
Sometimes removing yourself from the situation can help you manage stress. If you are able to, just step out of the situation that is causing you negative stress and take a minute to reflect. Sometimes when you look at something from a different lens (this being from a distance), it can result in a new discovery. Maybe you were able to figure out a solution to your problem. All it took was to walk away from it.
I know, but put the latté down. Caffeine is a stimulant and it will increase your stress levels. We are here to manage it, not make it worse.
Remember when I said that your body relies on signals to distinguish between good and bad stress. Even if you are faced with a negative stressful situation, if your breathing remains calm, your body will not release stress hormones because it thinks it is calm and will in turn release the happy hormones that make you feel good and happy.
Try the 5-5-5 method of breathing the next time you find yourself in a stressful situation.
Inhale for 5, hold for 5 and exhale for 5. In 15 seconds you have controlled your breathing, therefore controlling your mind and its stress response. Do this continuously for 5-10 times and notice how you feel. Notice your shoulders relaxing, your mind is calm and you generally just feel so much better.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, the good thing is; it is manageable. With a few daily practices you can manage your stress in a way that it does not negatively impact your life. Try these tips the next time you find your heart rate rise, beads of sweat appear and learn to overcome. Take back your power, step into full control of yourself.
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