Waaaaahhhhh!  Stress, it hits all of us.  Luckily, as a blogger, I have volunteers to relieve me of the stress of blogging by writing guest posts, like today’s on… STRESS RELIEF. So, breathe deep, drink tea, and read on.

Wherever you look, there are stress triggers: pending bills, unfinished tasks at work, tension in relationships, fumbled financial issues – there is always so much to do and so much to think about. In our modern “hurricane” lifestyles, it is rather easy to get caught up in the mundane stuff and all that results is stress.

While a little worrying is OK, and even recommended if it keeps you motivated, chronic stress can lead to an array of health problems like insomnia, high blood pressure, obesity and fatigue. Not to mention the toll it takes on your brain and emotional wellbeing.

While we cannot escape the day-to-day drudgery, the good news is that we can condition ourselves to cope with stress in a better way. So, the next time you are faced with a stressful situation, here’s what to tell yourself.

“This Too Shall Pass”

It may be a tired, old cliché but nothing comes closer to the truth. Crisis is always transient – it is never going to last forever. So even if you are at loss of ideas on what to do and how, just sit back and let time take its course. Of course, this doesn’t apply to every situation. Some situations may demand that you pull up your socks and do some active fighting, but for things that are beyond your control, the only wise option is to leave it to time.

“I Can Handle This”

Every time you are overwhelmed with the going-ons in life, just stop for a moment and tell yourself that you are capable of handling any kind of scenario.

Next, put your plan down on a paper. For example, if you have to juggle between house guests, your kid’s play at school and that presentation that has to be turned in the next day, sit down and make a timetable to figure out how you are going to make time for each. You may need to tweak your daily routine but then again, it is only for this one time!

 “Does It Really Matter All That Much?”

Often, our perspectives and thoughts make a problem seem much bigger than it actually is. Once you tear yourself away from the situation and look at it objectively, you may realize that it isn’t such a big deal at all.

Ask yourself if it will matter a few weeks, months or years from now – if your answer is in the negative, you know you have been sweating the small stuff.

“Everything Else Is Ok”

“Ok, so this one little thing messed up but I have a wonderful family and fabulous friends.”

Indeed, when the going gets tough, it helps to shift the focus on the positive aspects of your life. Everyone has at least one thing going for them – it may be love, career, friends, a beautiful home, a rare talent or a hobby. Positive reinforcement will not only make you feel grateful about life and better about yourself, but will also give you the strength and inspiration to overcome any challenges.
The author of this post, Jenny Wadlow, is a freelance blogger. One of her recent articles was about self-help books, which was written for www.newagepower.net. She is very passionate about travelling and meditation. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.

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