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How To Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed

How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed We are all guilty of succumbing to stress. Whether induced by next weekend's party or an important presentation at work, its effects can be debilitating. But there are ways to keep stress at bay. What do stress and anxiety look like in the brain? Everyone needs a certain amount of stress to survive – it's what gets us out of bed in the morning and gives us the adrenaline to succeed. However, stress can become a problem when our bodies experience too much of it. 72% 49% 48% of adults feel stressed about money at least some of the time of adults experienced a major stressful event in 2014 of Americans say stress has a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives So what exactly is going on inside your mind when you feel overwhelmed? When your body detects stress, the hypothalamus reacts by stimulating the body to produce adrenaline and cortisol. When your body recognises it's no longer in danger, your hormone levels fall and your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. These two hormones increase your heart rate, raise your blood pressure and temporarily increase energy to help you 'fight' or 'take flight'. But, more often than not, stress can leave you feeling angry, anxious and scared. Keeping calm in times in trouble Here are 7 techniques to implement when you find yourself face-to-face with a stressful situation. Plan ahead Implementing simple "if X happens, l'll do Y" strategies can help you face challenges as and when they arise. Focus on breathing Practicing slow controlled breathing when you feel anxious can help you return to the present moment and lower your stress level. Exercise Physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins. Researchers found that just 40 minutes of exercise is enough to dramatically increase your mood. ?? Avoid asking "what if?" The more time you spend worrying about the endless possible outcomes, the longer you will spend fixating on feeling uncomfortable. Try to accept that some questions simply won't have an answer. Focus on the positives Keep a go-to list of positives in mind so that you can immediately shift your attention towards them when your thoughts are negative. This will not only boost your mood but remind you of everything you can be grateful for. Reject negative self-talk Identifying and acknowledging any negative thoughts about yourself as merely thoughts and not facts will help release you into a state of calm. Forgive Nobody is perfect. Holding onto resentment, either towards yourself or others, will only add to stress, worry and fear. By learning to acknowledge negativity before releasing yourself from it will enable you to move forward with a clearer head and a lighter heart. Anxiety and stress don't have to prevent you from living and succeeding. In the words of Corrie ten Boom: "Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength - carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength". Sources POUNDPLACE Start Saving Today · American Psychological Association. (2015). Stress in America: Paying with our health. apa.org · BBC, (2013). What is stress? bbc.co.uk · Bradberry, T. (2015). How successful people stay calm. talentsmart.com · Hensley, S. and Hurt, A. (2014). Stressed out: Americans tell us about stress in their lives. npr.org - Hoque, F. (2015). 10 ways to stay calm in the face of daily stress. fastcompany.com - Levitin, D. (2015) How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed. ted.com Sakurai, C. (2015). 22 power-actions effective people use to stay calm in times of stress. lifehack.org - Statistic Brain Research Institute (2015). Stress statistics. statisticbrain.com Whitmore, J. (2014). 8 ways to stay calm during a crisis. entrepreneur.com This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License - www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 BY SA

How To Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed

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In so many aspects of life, the ability to stay calm in a difficult situation can mean the difference between success and failure. Whether you’re a firefighter, a teacher or you just want to get a r...

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