When serious situations arise in your life it's a common first instinct to panic. Whether it's trouble at work, troubling news from the doctor or a concerning discussion with a family member, when challenging situations arise it can be easy for stress to creep into our lives.
Learning to stay calm under pressure and keep your head up after a crisis are key tools to being able to manage stressful situations.
Stress in your life is often unavoidable, whether it comes from work, family or your personal life. Figuring out how to deal with it so that it doesn't completely shatter your world is key to living a healthy lifestyle.
If possible, try not to react to challenging situations right away. Instead try to find your patience and collect as much information as possible before you react. Ask yourself, if this situation going to impact you in a year from now? If it will, it's time to take a step back and remove yourself from the situation. By removing yourself from the situation you can take an unbiased approach and be less emotional, which will improve your ability to make decisions.
A lot of people take tests or discuss whether they're a optimist, realist or pessimist. Frankly, you can be all 3 depending on the situation at all. Try to practice a little more optimism in your life by knowing your triggers. That doesn't mean ignoring the reality of the situation, it just means taking a challenging situation and look at it in a new way.
For example, after a job loss, you may feel down on your luck and defeated, thinking "I'll never recover from this." An optimist will acknowledge the challenge ahead and spin it in a more hopeful light. "This is going to be difficult, but it's a chance to rethink my life goals and find work that truly makes me happy."
Call a Friend
Don't be afraid to lean on your support system during stressful times. Someone who isn't emotionally invested in the situation can offer a different perspective to your situation and help you arrive at potential solutions. When you reach out to people you trust you feel more grounded a less alone. That security will help control your stress and anxiety, which will provide you a solid relief moving forward.
Rewrite Your Story
You don't have to let your past define you or the crisis you have faced become all you are. Instead re-frame the situation by focusing on the opportunity that the setback presented. A trauma victim , Dr. Charney who was recovering from a shooting said, "Once you are a trauma victim it stays with you. But I knew I could be a role model. I have thousands of students watching my recovery. This gives me a chance to utilize what I've learned."
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