Stress happens. It's how you deal with it that matters! And even though this seems like a simple enough thought- "just manage your stress better"- it isn't always that easy.
It's especially difficult when you are already in the deep end of a stressful time or situation
, and it feels like the water just keeps rising. This is when it becomes far too easy to slip into negative thoughts and feelings...
What are your options?
1. Drown in negativity and stress
2. Offer yourself a buoy in the form of perspective (or a change in perspective for that matter)
Sometimes all we need is to take a moment to breathe and put things into perspective
, now while you're busy sorting out the latest mishap at the office it can feel almost impossible to do this. I mean, where must you find the time to breathe and calm down when there is so much that needs to be done?! Now. This is the moment. Make time, even if it's just 2 minutes. When you get a moment, ask yourself this one simple question:
"What happened today that was good?"
I know, sometimes we have days that just really feel like a series of unfortunate events. So, this is where you'll have to put in a bit of extra work, but this is also when you'll benefit most from this exercise... Sift through your day, find the silver lining.
Maybe you got a nice "thank you" email from one of your clients? Or perhaps a colleague warmed your day with a silly joke or a cup of coffee?
You'll be amazed how quickly identifying even just one good thing (no matter how big or small) can shift your perspective
. And boy is perspective powerful.
It is important for us to remember that even when things go wrong and it feels like it can't get any worse, to find the good. Cultivate a habit of gratefulness
and watch how you transform yourself and your thinking!
"Every day brings a choice. To practise stress or to practise peace." ~ Joan Borysenko
At Staff Training
we offer a fantastic Stress and Time Management course
, so if you feel like you need some extra help dealing dealing with stress, just let us know! Email us at info@StaffTraining.co.za
or give us a call at 0861 996 660