Fact: there are two types of stress. First of all there is eustress. Eustress is also known as positive stress. You’ve experienced it when you needed to perform at an optimal level. When you experience eustress, your body releases adrenaline, and just like that, you’re more alert and have a lot more energy. Although there is a positive form of stress, there is of course also a negative form of stress. It’s called distress. Distress is the type of stress that makes you anxious and makes you insecure about your capabilities. It’s the type which most people talk about when they’re talking about stress. And it’s the type I want to talk about in this blog. In this blog, I’ll share five ways you can deal with distress effectively.
Find the cause
When we experience stress, we often have an ‘idea’ about where it comes from, but having an ‘idea’ is not enough to deal with it effectively. You should write down the potential stressors that you have in your life. Next time, when you experience stress, rather than having an idea, you can easily figure out where it originates from.
We often experience stress, because we feel like we’ve got too much on our plate than we can actually take on. The best way to deal with these types of stress is simple: say no. Okay, I admit, saying no might be harder than it sounds. Nonetheless, you are the one that has a problem and only you are capable of fixing it, so you better start saying no more often to avoid having too much ‘stuff’ on your plate than you can deal with.
Is your problem, really a problem? Or is it your mind that sees it as a problem? This is an important distinction you have to made when you’re dealing with a stressor. That’s why it’s so important not to freak out when you’re stressed. Take a step back in your mind, and think about everything that is happening in that moment. Most of the time, you’ll get a much clearer picture of what is happening than what you thought before. So, the next time you’re feeling stressed out, don’t freak out. Take a step back (mentally) and just think about everything that’s happening that might cause you stress. Is it really a big deal or am I just blowing things out of proportion?
Stop trying to be perfect
We experience stress when we feel like something isn’t right, or when we are very anxious about how we will perform. So, if it happens because of this, then there is one simple thing you can do: stop thinking that you can’t ever fail. You don’t always have to be the best at everything, nor think that you only have one shot at everything. One of the best ways to become great at anything is by not being afraid to fail. Failure is so important for your personal development. It strengthens your character, and it teaches you that what you’re doing is not the way to go. So, stop expecting perfection from yourself, and “just go with the flow.”
Indulging in physical exercise is a great way to blow off steam. When you’re stressed, your body is releasing adrenalin and cortisol (a stress hormone) in your body. The best way to deal with these chemical reactions is to exercise. Go for that 2 mile run, to the gym, or maybe even boxing. Whatever it is that gets your mind ‘empty’ so that you can regain focus after you’ve blown off steam.
We must acknowledge stress. It’s an important part of our lives, whether we like it or not. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything about it. These 5 ‘stress killers’ that I’ve shared with you are all subjective. Of course, there are many more ways to deal with stress, but, these ‘stress killers’ often deal with the underlying causes of my own stress. My question to you is: how do you deal with stress, and what ways have you found to be the most effective?
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