Emotional

5 Keys To Addressing Personal Stress

Since we all at some time or another experience stress and/ or stressful experiences doesn’t it make sense for each of us to do all we can to proactively address stress sooner rather than later? The Nobel Prize was awarded decades ago to Dr. Hans Selye who differentiated between debilitating stress, and the user type, which he called, eustress. This groundbreaking research took a thorough in-depth look into issues related to this issue and emphasized how essential to our individual health and well-being it is to expand our personal comfort zone and learn to transform life’s stresses into important learning experiences which make us better, stronger, and more prepared! With that in mind, this blog will attempt to briefly consider examine, review, and discuss 5 specific keys to doing so.

1. Take a deep breath!: While it may seem overly simplistic/obvious, the first reaction, to any perceived stress is to calm down, and take a deep breath! Doing so helps one center himself and focus on the bigger picture rather than resorting to panic. How can anyone effectively handle personal issues unless he focuses on the possibilities rather than merely what might go wrong?

2. Focus on solutions/best path forward: It is essential to determine one’s options and alternatives if he hopes to be able to focus on the finest solutions and best path forward! Too often, we think about what might go wrong and don’t spend enough time seeking viable solutions and making whatever personal changes may be beneficial personally!

3. Proactive/well-considered – avoid procrastination: Face whatever the issue is, proactively and avoid either denying or procrastinating! Most issues are far easier to address sooner rather than later!

4. Obstacles as challenges, not problems: When faced with any obstacle, one can perceive either a challenge or a problem! The difference is when we consider things challenging, addressing them seems to be more of an adventure that we can and will overcome! On the other hand, perceiving something as a problem often debilitates us, and limits our efforts and mindset!

5. Check-up from neck-up: One of the most challenging things for most people is to be ready, willing, and able to proactively take a thorough objective introspective look/examination of our personal strengths and weaknesses! If from time to time, we took the time and make the effort to conduct a thorough personal check-up from the neck-up and more effectively used/took advantage of every strength and proactively addressing every area of weakness we would be better equipped to address personal stresses!

If we learned how to address our personal stresses more effectively, our lives would benefit! If you hope to be as happy as you can, pay attention to these keys.