Changing the Way You React to Situations

One of the main reasons why we have such a lot of stress is because we overreact to situations and circumstances. We need to know how extreme we have to be with our thoughts.

Changing the Way You React to Situations

Most of us overreact, either positively or negatively. This overreaction can come in the form of excessive joy or excessive sorrow or even excessive paranoia about something. Someone might get really worked up about the fact that the meal they prepared for their guests has gone bad. Someone might invite stress upon themselves because one of their colleagues has just been fired. Some bring on stress because of an approaching examination. All these are situations that can be very easily handled. They don’t deserve the stress we accord them with.

Almost all situations that we deem as stressful have nothing to them. If we were to apply our minds with a levelheaded approach, we would find that we could cope with the situation and even become winners there.

If the meal you have prepared for your guests has gone bad, just order something and in fact, make a joke about your adventure in the kitchen when the guests arrive. If your coworker has been fired, it doesn’t mean you have been fired too. In any case, you must keep your résumé ready and be hopeful of a better job if the situation comes to that because you have a better profile now. Exam stress is one of the most avoidable kinds of stress because no academic examination requires you to be so worked up about it, especially with the hundreds of options we have with us now in the 21st century.

So, you see, it is all about how you look at things. If you think that something is a problematic situation, then a problem is all that it will turn out to be. However, people who have learned to cope with stress know how to deal with so-called problematic situations and actually turn the tide in their favor so that the impediment turns into an opportunity.

It all lies in the way you think. Everything – every single thing – that occurs in life has a pro and a con. If a circumstance has changed, even though it seems intimidating and scary at the moment, there will be some benefit that you can derive from it.

Learn how to look at things positively and optimistically. You will be living a more stress-free and fruitful life when you learn to do so.

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Changing the Way You React to Situations

Part 3 of Coping With Stress Series
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