Stress is everywhere and affects everyone. However, there are people who seem to take stressful situations in stride. They seem to handle all situations with tranquility. You probably know at least one person like that. Maybe you’d like to become one of those people, and as a Brisbane life coach, I can give you tips on how to stress less.
While everyone has a different threshold for dealing with stress, you can greatly enhance your ability to stay relaxed in all situations.
Control your reaction to stress with these strategies I use as a Brisbane life coach:
• Maintain a positive perspective. In most cases, nothing bad is going to happen that you can’t handle. There’s always another job interview, another person to date, and another opportunity on its way.
• When faced with a situation that causes you stress, imagine how your ideal self would handle that situation and just do it.
• Respond slowly. Cool and collected people respond slowly. They move slowly. Take a breath or three and respond to the person or situation confidently. Taking the time to respond is calming and will help you stress less.
• Build your self-confidence. The more confidence you have in yourself, the less stress you’ll feel in certain situations. Self-confidence is very situational. You might be highly self-confident while doing an activity you love, but much less confident while giving a speech. When working on building your self-confidence, focus on those situations that will provide the most benefit.
• Smile. Smiling makes you feel better and more confident. It can also put others at ease. If you can smile genuinely in the face of a challenging situation or a time of stress, you can do just about anything.
• Practice having a present-moment mindset. This helps to prevent your mind from imagining negative potential outcomes. All it takes is to keep your attention on your environment. This is harder than it sounds. Imagine trying to put your house key into your front door while a giant rottweiler barrels toward you. It’s not easy to keep your eyes on the keyhole. Your mind and attention like to wander. Relax your body and breathe deeply. Relaxing your muscles and breathing deeply helps to short-circuit any stress response in your body. This is a skill that requires practice. First, you have to remember to do it. Second, it takes a moment to focus your mind on your breathing and muscles. So, you’ll need to leave the current situation behind for a moment while you do these exercises.
Many of these techniques and ideas seem simple, and you’re probably aware of many of them. However, knowing something is very different from doing it. For example, you know how to swim, but that’s not the same as swimming laps every day. Knowing how to visualize isn’t the same as visualizing every single day. The real power comes from using them regularly.
Apply these ideas to your life and you’ll see steady progress in your ability to handle stress. Before you know it, you’ll be the calmest person in the room. If you want more tips on boosting your self-confidence, check out this blog.