Everyone deals with stress, there’s no getting around that. How we react to it makes all the difference in the world!
Do we have a choice in how we react to stress?
Yes, we most certainly do have a choice in how we react…and it is a game changer!
I used to think that I had no choice as to how I reacted to anything in life. It was a real mind shift for me when I discovered that I could control not only how I think but also how I react.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about why it’s important to not to react with stress. For instance, if you allow stress to take over, you’ll probably end up getting sick because it can wreck havoc on your immune system.
How can change our reaction?
Before we can change our actions – and reactions – we need to change the way that we think.
— Stacy Claflin (@growwithstacy) February 7, 2013
Once we have trained our minds to think about stress differently, we’ll be well on our way to reacting differently.
Imagine someone walking around with the belief that everything in their life will fall apart if everything doesn’t go exactly the way that they want it to. That person will stress out a lot, because as we all know, not a lot in life goes exactly as we want it to.
Now imagine someone walking around with the belief that things will work out no matter how dire the circumstances look.
They could both go through the same trying circumstances, but the second person will fare better because they won’t be full of anxiety every time that something goes wrong. That person will be able to think of creative solutions and enjoy life despite what’s going on.
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Practical Tips to Beat Stress
Once you’ve changed your mindset, or are in the process of changing it, you’ll be ready for the practical how-to tips! Give these a try the next time you’re faced with stress!
Meditate - This time last year, I shared how Meditation changed my life in 30 days and one of the benefits was a reduced feeling of stress!
Rely on Others – Adrienne Smith shared in a comment recently how relying on others helped her through a trying time she went through.
Use Pinterest – Pinterest has many uses and last week I shared how you can use it to reduce stress!
Figure out the Cause – Darnell Jackson shared with us in a comment about how stress can be like a screensaver that comes into our minds when we’re idle. We’re either idle because we don’t know what to do or we don’t want to do what we need to. We need to figure out which is the cause and go from there. Pauline also suggests looking at the situation to plan the solution.
Exercise – Donna Merrill suggests exercise. I agree, it’s great for the body as well as the mind!
Attitude is Everything – Theodore Nwangene shared the powerful quote, “Attitude is more important than facts.”
Get Your Mind off of It – Jorge Blanco likes to do things that calm him when he’s feeling stressed, like taking walks and doing visualizations.
Focus on Your Dreams – Thinking about ways to make your dreams come true can bring hope and excitement into your life!
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