I used to let stress and overwhelm control me because I didn't know the techniques and lessons I have in my tool bag now. Learning and applying what resonates is a never ending journey.
Don't worry - you are not alone! Stress is a normal response to life’s pressures, however, if it becomes too much, it can be damaging to our physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Learning to identify the causes of your stress and to take proactive steps to manage it can help to make it more manageable and allow for more control over its impacts. It's also important to look for ways to increase your resilience so that you’re better equipped to cope with life’s pressures.
To help build your stress resilience, it’s important to first understand the sources of stress in your life, as this will inform how you approach managing it. Some common sources of stress include work-related issues such as challenging tasks, tight deadlines or demanding bosses, family and relationship problems such as divorce or arguments at home, financial worries caused by debt or a lack of savings and health problems due to an illness, injury or chronic condition.
Once you have identified the source of the stress in your life, you can start to look at ways to manage it. One of the best ways to do this is to develop a plan for handling difficult situations which could include making time for yourself, focusing on positive thinking and problem-solving, and using relaxation techniques such as breathwork or meditation, but find what works for you. It’s also worth finding someone to talk to who can help give you perspective on the challenges you are facing.
Finally, building resilience helps you better cope with life's difficulties. This can include cultivating healthy coping strategies such as exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, forming strong social connections with others and keeping a journal of gratitude.
"The universe has shaken you to awaken you."
No matter the source of your stress, there are ways to help manage it and build your resilience. Identifying the causes and taking actionable steps can help reduce feelings of stress and give you a greater sense of control over the situation. Taking care of yourself first is always a good place to start.
All the best