You may have noticed I haven’t been writing on the blog or out on social media as much as I used, but I’ve been through a quite a stressful period of time. Family issues, lots of work, things to deal with… well, live gets in the middle of one’s plans from time to time.
Thankfully I am able to deal with stress quite well so all these things together don’t overwhelm me. I learnt to deal with it through the experience, trying to do different things and watching which ones helped me, so I wanted to share them with you and if any of them help you in any way then I’ll be happy.
Stress is tricky and can make you feel pretty awful inside. Everyone runs into it at some point, so there’s no way of avoiding it all together. Sometimes it’s unexpected, while there are other circumstances when you know it’s going to come knocking regardless. What you don’t want to do is freak out and embarrass yourself or have regrets.
Plan ahead, so you’re in a good place to deal with rocky times. It’s what you do in your downtime that matters most. If you’re walking around always feeling tense and frazzled, then when stress hits you’re going to be even worse off. See the best ways to deal with a stressful situation.
Find your Composure
When you’re feeling worried, it’s best to get your composure together before you make any sudden moves. Practice deep breathing, meditate, go for a walk or talk to someone who you trust. It’s important to feel in control and calmed down before you do or say whatever it is that’s on your mind. This is especially important to do if you’re in a situation at work or in front of others who are triggering you. If you have to, walk away and return when you’re feeling better.
In the new house we have a tiny room that we use as meditation room. Even if it’s only 10 minutes when I go out from there I feel renovated.
Research your Options
Before you act, take time to research your options and make a list of possible directions you could go. For example, if your computer crashes, pause and then do your homework before overreacting. Find out the hard drive data recovery cost for your specific machine. Determine if it’s in your budget and if you trust the company who’s providing the service to you. The simple fact of knowing you have options should make you feel better in the moment and positive that there are solutions available to you.
After you’ve calmed down and understood your choices for reducing the stressor, it’s time to take action. Use a pros and cons list to document your options and locate the one that makes the most sense in your situation. Now that you’re in a better place, you’ll be able to move forward to solve the problem. You can’t let it linger forever, so do what you know is best for you and get it taken care of, even if it’s unpleasant. Taking action is better than doing nothing and leaving the door open for the stress to return.
Document your Situation
Pat yourself on the back and acknowledge that you dealt with your stress and got the issue resolved. It’s a good idea to journal what you experienced and how you went about solving the problem. This way you can go back and read it when you’re in another stressful situation and need a confidence booster. Include details, so you can remember the steps you took to get to a good place again.
This is my journal, I split it in half so I write personal and business things on it. I also talked about it here. You can find other beautiful journals here. This is an affiliate link, you can read my disclosure policy.
Stress has a way of making you react in unfortunate ways if you’re not careful. Be smart and make sure you’re in control through the process. These are the best ways to deal with a stressful situation.
Now I have to work on how to avoid reaching stressful levels but I promise as soon as I know how to do it I’ll share it with you too.
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