The word “stress” is generally used to describe peoples normal response to events that disturb their sense of balance and make them feel threatened in some way. In short, we see anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being as a source of stress.
Most of us typically perceive stress as a negative force but stress can actually be beneficial. Stress is the force that keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration during and exam and heightens your senses during emergency situations. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
It is not possible to live without stress. Every corner of this world that we are living in is marred with stress. But the good news is that we do not really need to have a totally stress-free life, we just need to learn to live with it and keep it within healthy levels. And besides, stress gives life some spice and excitement.
4 Ways To Deal With Stress
To give you an idea on what you should do when faced with stressful situations, below are the 4 fundamental ways to deal with stress.
1. Avoid unnecessary causes of stress.
Your first line of defense against stress should be avoidance. If there is any way to avoid a potentially stressful situation, by all means do so. But you need to keep in mind that no all stress can be avoided, and there are some situations that you must face head on. It is important that you learn how to distinguish between one from the other. Among the most common ways to avoid stress is to:
- Stay away from stress-inducing people
- Plan things out ahead of time
- Reduce the demands on yourself
2. Alter the stressful situation.
If you can’t avoid a stressful situation then do what you can to alter it. Changing things that are causing you stress can save you from being subjected to a great deal of stress in the future. So when faced with a stressful situation, figure out what you can do or how you can change things to lessen stress. Below are some strategies you can employ to change a stressful situation:
- Apply assertive communication
- Master effective time management
- Learn how to compromise
3. Adapt to the stressor.
Sometimes the only thing that can be done to manage a stressful situation is to adapt to it. There are certain situations that are unchangeable or out of your control, so instead of continually stressing yourself out over things that you have no control of, it would be best to adjust or modify yourself. Some of the things you can do to deal with stress through adaptation are as follows:
- Resist perfectionism
- Accentuate the positive
- Adjust your attitude
4. Accept the unchangeable.
Not everything is within your control so you are really bound to come across things which are unavoidable and inevitable like a sudden illness, a calamity or losing something or someone very important. In such cases, the best way to cope with stress is to accept things as they are. Below are some of the things you can do to easily accept a stressful situation:
- Talk to supportive family and friends
- Try to find the upside
Those are the 4 A’s of stress management. They can greatly help lessen the stress in your life but you must be wise in applying them to any stressful situation that you encounter. Learn when it is best to avoid, alter, adapt and accept stress an you will be on your way to a happier more peaceful life.