How To Make Stress Work For You
Stress has become a common part of life. It has become accepted, and worst of all, it has become expected. But do you like feeling stressed?
No, I didn’t think so. No one likes the constant feelings of anxiety, pressure and worry. So what if I told you there was a way to make stress work for you?
In fact, I have 5 ways to make it work for you. They are…
5 Ways To Make Stress Work For You
1: Change Your Mindset
Stress has negative connotations because we allow it to. It is associated with the pressure to meet deadlines, being able to do things right the first time, succeeding in your career, building great relationships, making time for your family, and many other obligations.
But what if you could turn it into a positive association instead. Stress is caused by worry, and you worry about the things that matter to you. The more you worry about, the more things you hold dear to your heart. Suddenly you can transform those negative feelings of overwhelm into gratitude for having so many meaningful things in your life. Stress can be a motivator, instead of an enemy.
2: Overcome Fear
When you are spiralling out of control from stress, take a moment to think about what the stress trigger is. What is making you think you can’t overcome this obstacle in front of you?
One of the most common stress triggers is a looming deadline at work. Perhaps you are feeling the fear because you are afraid you don’t have the skills or knowledge to complete the task. It is not the task itself causing the stress, but doubting your own abilities is the true reason.
If you look at it in a different light, those butterflies in your stomach could be fuel for excitement, not fear. Take those heightened feelings and use them to kick your fear’s butt! Equip yourself with the knowledge you need to complete that task and prove that you really can feel the fear and do it anyway.
3: Use It As A Lesson
Sometimes we are the cause of our own stress. We procrastinate, leave things to the last minute, and fail to prepare for the things we should. Of course when the deadline is fast approaching, you don’t have the material to present in a meeting, or you run out of time to finish what you need to, anxiety levels start to rise.
Alright, you didn't do your best job this time. You can’t change that. But you can use the memory stress to help yourself prepare for the next time. There is no way you want to go through that again, so review what went wrong and take steps to prevent it happening again. Your heightened sense of awareness will help make the review task easier.
4: Know What You Are Capable Of
Stress does not have to be your enemy, it should be your fuel instead. You are stressing about something because it matters to you. If you can channel the energy into working harder to achieve your objective, then you have a greater chance of success.
You have something in your hands that is really important to you. Realising you have the skills to smash it out of the park is the first step. Despite the stress, you have the resources to handle this situation. Let the feeling raise you up and show yourself you are capable of achieving amazing things.
5: Take Action
One of the main stress building factors is the fear that something is going to go wrong. So, instead of waiting for the train wreck to happen, use your heightened awareness to make a plan to ensure nothing goes haywire. Of course, some things can happen that are out of your control, you cannot change those. But you can plan for the things that are in your control.
You can plan for the little things, like an agenda for an important meeting. Or you can plan for the bigger life changing things, like establishing a savings plan, dedicating time to build your relationships, and scheduling time in the week to save your own sanity.
If you have a plan, you don’t have to be reactive. You don’t have to sit around waiting for something to go wrong just so you can fix it. Having a plan puts you one step ahead.
- Wendy Fleisher