You've had a really tough week. NOTHING is going to plan, and your frustration is just building and building. You feel like screaming! Don't worry. We have all been there before! It's so easy to get caught up in the moment and get yourself so stressed out over something that can easily be fixed. When you feel yourself getting increasingly stressed out, sometimes the best thing you can do is just take a step back and calm yourself down before making a decision or comment. Here are some tips how!
Appreciate What you Have - Take time to think about what you are grateful for. It improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Work daily to have an attitude of gratitude because it improves mood, energy, and physical well-being.
Avoid Asking “What if?” - These statements throw fuel on the fire of stress and worry. Things can go in a million directions and the more time you focus on these possibilities the less time you have to calm down and keep stress under control.
Disconnect - Taking regular time off can help keep your stress levels under control. Try turn your phone off, get offline and disconnect from technology surrounding you – this will immediately lower stress levels. It is difficult to enjoy a stress free moment if you are constantly being bombarded by emails, texts or notifications.
Stop Negative Self Talk – The more you focus on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most negative thoughts are just that, thoughts not facts. When you find yourself believing the negative things your inner voice says, it is time to stop and write them down. By doing this you can be more rational and clear-headed when evaluating their truth. Identifying and labeling your thoughts as thoughts not facts will help you escape cycle of negativity & move towards a positive outlook.
Use Your Support System – to be calm and productive you need to recognize your weaknesses and ask for help when needed. When situation is challenging enough for you to feel overwhelmed, tap into that system.