How To Stay Positive When Life Gets Stressful

when life gets stressful
when life gets stressful
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There are some people who can go through life while staying positive no matter how much stress they are under. Despite what they may be enduring, you would never be able to tell that they are even stressed in the first place. 

Then there are those who don’t handle stress all too well. They allow the weight of their stress to weigh them down, they allow their stress to get the better of their emotions, and no matter how hard they try, their minds never seem to slow down. 

I would probably fall under the latter. Okay, not probably, I would. 

I am someone who can get stressed out rather easily. Good change, bad change, little change, big change. It doesn’t matter, if something in my life is changing, I probably will stress over it and overthink it.

But generally speaking, I still find a way to remain positive. It can be hard at times, but the more positive I am, the happier I am. After living a lot of unhappy years, I am willing to do whatever it takes to never live another one again. 

5 WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE WHEN LIFE GETS STRESSFUL

when life gets stressful

1. FIND SOMETHING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR.

No matter how much stress you may be enduring, there is always something to be grateful for. What’s something that makes you smile or something that you can’t imagine living without? 

You never know what you have until it’s gone, so be grateful for what you have while you have it. 

Whether it’s family or friends, don’t hesitate to reach out to them and let them know how much they mean to you. Odds are it will help to make their day.

2. FOCUS ON THE PRESENT MOMENT.

The past has already come and gone. No matter what you do, you are never going to be able to undo it. 

The future is all but certain. As much as you would like to, you will never be able to predict the future. 

By focusing on the past and the future, we are only disregarding the only part of life we have the ability to control – the present. Take some time, learn to slow down a bit, and focus on all of the beauty that fills your life at this very moment. 

3. ESTABLISH AN OUTLET.

Part of what I love about writing is that while I write to inspire others, I also write because it helps me to release my emotions. 

As somebody who doesn’t deal with stress all too well, one of the worst things to do is to hold on to that stress and to try to silence it. The more you hold on to it, the more it’s going to eat at you and consume your every thought. 

So how do you stay positive when life gets stressful? By finding an outlet and releasing your emotions. Writing, talking, running, weight lifting, biking, etc. Anything that helps you to release some of that tension can help to make all the difference.

4. FOCUS ON PROGRESSION, NOT PERFECTION.

Life is going to present both challenges and obstacles, and in many cases, these challenges and obstacles are going to leave you feeling stressed. If you are like me, you may even find yourself getting frustrated at not being able to accomplish all that life is throwing at you. 

During these times, it’s important to remember that you aren’t perfect. Not only that, but you are never going to be perfect. No matter how hard you try to be, there are always going to be things that you could improve on. 

Take a deep breath, breathe, and learn to let go of the thought of perfection. Instead, focus on progression. Try to become a better person each and every day. Don’t try to become better in the eyes of others, but become a better version of the you that you want to be. 

5. PRIORITIZE WHAT’S IMPORTANT.

Now that you have realized that stress is simply a part of life, it’s time to start tackling that stress and overcoming it. The best way to do this is to prioritize your tasks. Start by tackling the most important task and working your way down your list. You will have more energy, and you will generally be in a better mood to manage the stressor.

Ask yourself this very question from Gary Keller; “What’s the one thing you can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Start with your one thing, and only when you complete your one thing should you then move on to your next priority.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Everybody encounters challenging times in life. That’s just a part of life as we know it! 

Remember, though, a stressful day doesn’t have to ruin your day. In fact, if you learn to stay positive, you will feel less stressed. So try these 5 tips the next time you feel like you are losing your mind, and learn to stay positive when life gets stressful.

Michael Bonnell

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