Let’s play a scenario game: You’re driving down the highway, running late for an appointment. You’ve only been on the road for roughly five minutes before realizing you forgot to fill the gas tank. Naturally, as soon as you think of this, your car sputters to a stop.
What do you do?
A. Mentally reprimand yourself for neglecting to get gas this morning.
B. Panic! “What if I miss the appointment?” “How do I explain this?” “Do you think they have more availability?”
C. Call everyone with cell phones and express that you are stranded and need help, all the while sweating and turning red in the face.
D. You remain calm and think of a solution to get the appointment. An example would be calling the closest person to your location and having them pick you up or bring you gas.
If you chose D, consider yourself a cool cat! For the others, you may be battling a nasty enemy—stress. As the leading cause of high blood pressure, asthma, ulcers and many more ailments, this little hormone affects the entire body. In addition, stress can impair your heart, causing irregular heart rhythm and damage to arteries, and aid in the development and progression of coronary artery disease.
Here are a few suggestions to not go stressin’ your heart!
Words of Encouragement
Who said talking to yourself is such a bad thing? It can help! Speaking positively when an incident occurs can motivate you to keep calm and handle stressful issues. Just remember the Little Engine That Could! If you say, “I think I can, I think I can,” your psyche will be more resilient to stress as compared to saying otherwise. With some practice, you’ll be able to turn negative thoughts into positive ones in an instant.
Try these positive self-talk expressions in your car, home or at work!
“I can do this.”
“This won’t get me down.”
“Things could be worse.”
“I’m only human; mistakes happen.”
“I’ll laugh about this some day.”
Avoid Unnecessary Stress
You cannot avoid all the burdensome parts of your day, but you can eliminate several unnecessary tension causers.
Television: Coming home from a busy day at work, your body feels tired and you just want to rest your weary mind. Turning on the television to listen to the news can cause more stress. Take control—turn off the TV and grab a book instead!
Traffic: For those of us who have to fight traffic to and from work on a daily basis can relate to the tension in our neck and shoulders. Instead of battling this daily pain, take a different way home. Sure it might be a little longer, but it will be much calmer!
Debates: Everyone feels passionate about discussing certain topics, be it religion, politics, etc., but is it worth the extra stress? Excuse yourself from the discussion or try to switch the subject to prevent raising your blood pressure.
Accept What You Can’t Change
Sometimes there are stressful times that simply cannot be avoided. Well, here are some suggestions to cope with those tense unavoidable moments.
Learn to Accept: Most things in our lives are beyond our control, and accepting that fact will help you cope with stress. An excellent way to handle situations is to focus on what you can handle, which is your reaction and response.
Bright Side of Life: As most people say, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” Well, no offense, but the grass is greener where you water it. Instead of depending on others to show you the positive side of a problem, you can make it positive yourself.
Forgive: One of the most important lessons we learned when we were younger was to always forgive others. Yes, it’s hard to accept people’s apologies when their mistake has personally affected us, but the understanding that mistakes do happen, and letting go of anger, can relieve us of stressful feelings.
Make Time for Fun
Don’t use the excuse that you’re too tired to deal with hectic moments in your life. Have some fun and get involved to erase those hovering thoughts!
Connect With Others: Your friends and family know you the best out of anyone, so why not let them help you cope with certain situations? Spend time with positive people in your life and use them as a buffer zone from negative, stressful thoughts.
Have Fun Daily: Leisure activities are the best way to take your mind off business-related or mind-boggling problems. Take a ride on your bike or a walk around the park—you’ll feel better in no time!
Laugh: Whoever said that laughter is the best medicine was right! Laughing at mistakes that happen or laughing at yourself can help fight off stress. Besides, it will put a smile back on your face!
At HealingRadius, we believe the best way to help yourself is to heal yourself. Relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, etc., are all excellent ways to help restore the life energies of your body and return your healthy, stress-free mindset. Visit a studio and learn valuable skills to help you deal with anxiety.
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Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.