Every single person is a unique character, and we all respond differently to stressful situations. What some people find is stressful, others may not even notice.
For example, there are people afraid of public speaking. They become stressed when they are presented with the opportunity to present something in front of a group of people. On the opposite, there are people which truly enjoy public attention. Some people are afraid of heights. This is why, not everyone can be pilot or construction worker for that matter.
Really, there is not an universal rule for avoiding stress. Of course, there are the well know sports activities and meditations that are proven to reduce stress, but what can we do to prevent it in the first place?
Embracing Stress To Avoid Stress
Funny enough, a recent study showed that one way to avoid stress is to actually embrace it. When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress.
This study tracked 30,000 adults in the United States for eight years, and they started by asking people, “Do you believe that stress is harmful for your health?” And then they used public death records to find out who died.
People who experienced a lot of stress in the previous year had a 43 percent increased risk of dying. But that was only true for the people who also believed that stress is harmful for your health. People who experienced a lot of stress but did not view stress as harmful were no more likely to die. In fact, they had the lowest risk of dying of anyone in the study, including people who had relatively little stress. Now the researchers estimated that over the eight years they were tracking deaths, 182,000 Americans died prematurely, not from stress, but from the belief that stress is bad for you.
Next time your heart is pounding from stress, it might be good time to say to yourself: this is my body helping me rise to this challenge. And when you view stress in that way, your body believes you, and your stress response becomes healthier. You can find more about this approach in this amazing presentation in the video below.
Learn From Past Mistakes To Avoid Stress
If something in the past made you really nervous or stood in your way, and now it happens again, stressing you out, that means that you didn’t solved the problem right. Thoughts like “I knew that this would happen” or “Should have know better” only prove that you didn’t learn from your mistakes. There is a thin line between solving problem and eliminating one.
If you are on a dead line again, that means that you haven’t improved your managerial skills. If someone is pouring out their frustration on you it means that you allowed them to do that.
- If you are a person who finds thrill in working under pressure, we suggest to use the first technique of avoiding stress that is converting it to excitement and courage.
- If you are not handling chaos that good, we suggest you, to eliminate every source of stress and with that disabling it to happen again in the future.