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How to deal with negative stress

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Stress is something everyone experiences at least once a day. While some deal well with stress, others can become overwhelmed and struggle to cope. If you are one of these people who crumbles under the pressure of being stressed, we want to share some ways you can destress and bring balance to the situation.

You are in control of yourself

Coping with difficult circumstances might make you feel stressed out. But how you deal with the burden is your choice only. Nothing and no one can “make” you feel anything. It is your choice to either let the stress control you or to control the stress. When facing a situation you can’t change, just accept it. This doesn’t mean you are giving up. It means you are finding the positive within a bad situation and deciding to focus on it. You always have a choice.

Take some time off and relax

From time-to-time we get so caught up in our daily life that we forget to take a break, spend some time alone and just relax. Relaxation, however, rejuvenates the body and mind and helps you deal with difficult situations in a positive way. Try to take at least 5-10 minutes out of your day to do something you enjoy. It can be a breathing exercise, it can be a short walk or meeting people with a positive mindset – whatever feels right for your body and your mind.

Look at the big picture

Sometimes we become so wrapped up in stressful situations they leave us feeling like the world is going to end. When feeling that the pressure is just getting too much, take a deep breath and ask yourself: “How important is this?”, “Will this matter in the long run?”. Try to look at the bigger picture. Is it really that important? Most likely not, so try not to waste too much time and energy.

Exercise your sorrows away

Any form of physical activity can help relieve stress and frustration. Exercising leads to an increased excretion of hormones, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, that contributes to happiness and a reduced level of the stress hormone cortisol – even in the long run. Thus, your resilience concerning stress increases and you feel more confident, optimistic, powerful and happier.

Negative stress doesn’t have to be a part of life. It’s all about learning how and when to take control over difficult situations. Remind yourself that you are in control of your own life. What you give power to, has power over you. Don’t let stress control you. Next time you feel overwhelmed, use our four tips to bring balance back into your life. Stay calm, chilled, focus and keep going.