When it comes to stress, whether you think it is harmful or helpful, you are right. Current research shows: if you think stress will kill you, there is a likelihood it will. If you view stress as helpful, you can become more resilient.
Change what you believe to be true about stress
Notice how you think and talk about stress. How do you react to other people’s stress? What are daily messages you get about stress? These reflect your mind-set, or your underlying beliefs about stress.
Choose your response to stress
There are different types of stress, requiring different types of responses. Your genes and life experiences can shape how you respond. However, genes and history are not destiny. Your brain and body are adaptive. They are willing and able to learn new responses. It just takes intentional practice.
Challenge your thinking
- Where you now see obstacles, transform them into opportunities.
- Find meaning in what is stressful.
- View anxiety as “excitement,” and use that energy to engage.
- See a stressful situation as a challenge.
- Find the benefit in a stressful situation.
- Choose to find advantage in adversity.
- Connect with others by getting and giving help.