Becoming More Stress-Resilient
Stress is part of our daily lives. Several things can trigger it: failure, toxic relationships, and even loss. Every human being has, at some point, been overwhelmed with the occurrences in their lives.
We can’t avoid stress altogether, but we can alter the way ew deal with it. The only thing that matters is how strongly you overcome stress when it comes a-knocking. Here are tips to help you become more stress-resilient.
Attitude is Everything
As cliché as it may sound, your perspective matters a lot. You have the power to command how you react to life’s happenings. Tough people usually look at the difficulties in life as challenges that are meant to shape them into better people and can help them handle situations better in the future.
They, therefore, put away the victim mentality and face these challenges with action. You have to notice when you’re starting to think like a victim and remind yourself how strong and wise you are. If you find yourself thinking, “Why is this happening to me?” you’re weakening yourself. Replace that thought with “How can this challenge make me stronger?”
Be Emotionally aware
Part of becoming stress-resilient is being emotionally aware of the feelings you are having and why you are experiencing them. If you can’t realize this, your emotions will overwhelm you, leaving you frightened and traumatized.
You have to take a deep breath, find out whatever is bothering you, and come up with ways to remedy the situation. If your choices to improve your situation are limited, you can carry out research and come up with a wide range of ideas. And remember, changing your perspective on the case is always a good start.
Work on Developing a Control Locus
People who can handle stress well have this belief that it is them that have total control over their lives. They know that some occurrences are inevitable, and therefore focus their energy on controlling how they respond to those occurrences. Developing the same mindset will create a significant difference in your attitudes and the course that your life will take.
Seek for Help from your circle
While you face your challenges, talking to someone about them will help relieve you of the load. Not only will you get valuable advice, but also, you won’t feel so alone. Research indicates that people who seek social support when under stress are likely to stay in a healthier state and be happier in life. When stress hits them again, they tend to cope well.
On the other hand, those that get little or no support during their stressful moments will feel worse no matter how hard they try to suppress it. Most of them will end isolating themselves while some will resolve to violence or, worse, suicide.
Do not let the Humor die
Maintaining your humorous side is the trick to getting you through trying moments. Laughing all through stressful life happenings will help change your attitude toward your problems. Constantly worrying about your situation will gain you nothing. Laugh at your life. It will be less stressful.
Whether it is just a morning walk or a full Crossfit-workout, it will go a long way to make you more robust. When you are exercising, you tend to forget about everything and live in the moment. You let out your frustrations through physical effort. If you work out regularly, it will help you cope even better with stress. Never underestimate the power of endorphins on your mood.
Do not lose Hope
You will come up with different strategies to help you cope with stress: diets, exercise, etc. However, the most resilient people are the ones that put in long-term effects. The unfortunate situation in your life may take long to end, but do not lose hope. Take one step at a time.
Be in touch with your Spirituality
When adversity comes knocking, you will find solace in your spirituality. Having a belief system that helps explain this world and its struggles will help you cope better with unfortunate situations. Spiritual people are more resilient compared to others. However, this by no means indicates that atheists can’t be resilient. Spirituality, for some, is having that yoga session, that walk in the park, or just meditating.
Being stress-resilient does not take a lot of effort. Everyone’s wish is to be able to smile through their most stressful moments. The above points will help you do just that.
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