Managing Daily Stress Via Mental Conditioning
I’m talking about the stages of effective stress management and the value of a relaxing lifestyle. Stop tearing out hair over frustration, grief, anxiety, and stress. Although the solution doesn’t come easily, anyone can establish a pattern of mental conditioning productive to improved self-worth, better sanity, and a less bitter lifestyle.
Avoid the edge. Stop swallowing mental and emotional frustration. As a once stressed-out person, I understand the many variants that come with runaway human passions. Coping with life and carrying problems, real or fantasy, scratch away the joy and happiness you deserve. So don’t head out the door dragging an unnecessary load.
There’s no blame. We all have reasons for feeling down. But when someone says stress is “all in the mind,” they are “out of their mind.” Stress influences come from outside, inside, and broadside. Yet, our key to managing daily troubles, fears, and doubts does indeed reside in our minds.
Here are seven tips to help you manage daily stress and eventually deliver a more comfortable and rewarding lifestyle. The source of daily stress may or may not be in your mind, but the method of control is indeed a mere matter of mental conditioning. Herein, I’ll try to divide it into a seven-day course for you, and I promise it’s not going to be too taxing on your mind or body.
1. Acknowledge stress is good
Start treating stress as a friend! Based on the body’s natural “fight or flight” response, that burst of energy will enhance your performance at the right moment. I’ve yet to see a top sportsman totally relaxed before a big competition. Use stress wisely to push yourself that little bit harder when it counts most.
2. Avoid stress sneezers
Stressed people sneeze stress germs indiscriminately, and before you know it, you are infected too! Train yourself to recognize stress in others and limit your contact with the infected person. Or if you’ve got the inclination, play stress doctor and teach them how to manage themselves better.
3. Learn from the best
When everyone starts losing control, identify the calm ones. What defines their difference in behavior, attitude, and applied language? Are they trained and experienced or just plain good at juggling problems?
Figure it out from afar or sit them down for a chat. Learn from the best stress managers and copy what they do.
4. Practice socially acceptable heavy breathing
You can trick your body into relaxing by using heavy breathing. Breathe in slowly for a count of seven, then breathe out for a count of eleven. Repeat the pattern until your heart rate slows down, your sweaty palms dry off, and things start to feel more normal.
5. Give stress-generating thoughts the red light
It is possible to tangle yourself up in a stress knot all by yourself. “If this happens, then that might happen, and then we’re all up the creek!” Of course, most of these things never happen, so why waste all that energy worrying needlessly?
Stop stress thought-trains in their tracks. Okay, so it might go wrong – how likely is that, and what can you do to prevent it?
6. Know your trigger points and hot spots
Presentations, interviews, meetings, giving difficult feedback, tight deadlines. My heart rate is cranking up just writing these down!
Make a list of stress trigger points or hot spots. Be specific. Is it only presentations to a particular audience that get you worked up? Does one project cause more stress than another? Did you drink too much coffee?
Knowing what causes your stress is vital information that you use to can make it less stressful. For example, do you need to learn some new skills? Do you need extra resources? Do you need to switch to decaf?
7. Burn the candle at one end
Lack of sleep, poor diet, and no exercise wreak havoc on our bodies and mind. Don’t ignore managing these issues even as you tackle your mental conditioning. Listen to wisdom in sayings such as, “Don’t burn the candle at both ends!”
Mental Conditioning. You Control the Outcome
Stress is a drag, but don’t let it hinder you from finding inner peace of mind. You want it. You deserve it. So, even if you can’t get to the Bahamas to bask under the summer sun, set goals that help you establish reliable mental conditioning.
And stop stressing out.