5 Ways Successful People Deal with Stress

November 7, 2014

5 Ways Successful People Deal with Stress

Feeling a bit stressed? Maybe you feel very stressed? Do you find that you are scheduled to do something every minute of the day and have little balance in your life? Work may be too busy, personal matters may be constantly on your mind, and you may feel you cannot stay on top of all of your responsibilities. This can be very overwhelming! How do you handle it? As a clinical therapist, I have 5 helpful suggestions.

  • Having compassion for yourself. Self-compassion is essentially when you cut yourself slack and are willing to be kinder towards yourself when looking back on mistakes. Studies reveal people who are able to have self-compassion are less depressed, anxious, and are often happier. This does poke holes in the theory that in order to be at our best, we have to be hard on ourselves. The best ways to overcome mistakes is to not be harsh on yourself and to learn from them; learning from them happens when you are self-compassionate.
  • Don’t lose your vision in the details. Remember the big picture. It is easy for all of us to get lost in details from time to time but this can also create unnecessary stress, detour us from fulfilling our goals, and prevent us from being able to appreciate and stay in the present.
  • Use routines. We all have experienced chaos on one occasion or another. Over time though, without some thoughtful planning, routine, and structure, this can lead to stress. Many of us benefit from having a plan in place even though things may not always go as expected. This can help us create more balance and time for all of our priorities.
  • Take some time for yourself! It is hard to always be living, doing, and thinking for someone else. Taking just five minutes here or there to do something interesting can help replenish the energy tank and enable us to manage stress. Whether that “something” is pleasant, effortless, exciting, mindless, or stimulates the brain, as long as it helps you, it might be worth trying.
  • Use “if-then” planning to organize tasks. As a therapist who helps others learn tools to manage their stress, I often suggest “if-then” planning. Do you use a to-do list? Consider adding in the details of where something will be done and when it will be done will help you remember it; for example, “If they don’t call by 3 PM, then I will call them.” Actually putting these details down on paper can help increase the odds of things actually getting done. Thus, it will reduce stress.
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    Stress is a part of life but it does not have to be life. There are things one can do to reduce stress and be productive. We can all benefit from learning different stress management techniques to manage different aspects of our lives. Do you or someone you know need assistance with stress management?  Please contact Associates in Psychotherapy at (866) 220-8371 for a consultation. Associates in Psychotherapy has offices in Evanston and Deerfield, Illinois.