Staying Calm Amidst The Storm (Successfully Manage Stress Levels)

If you are going to ask me one characteristic I love most about my husband, without a blink of an eye, I would say it is his being calm.  I admire his ability to manage his emotions even under pressure.  This individuality of him allows him to be in control in any situation with a clear mind whether at work or home.

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Studies conducted have proven that stress can have a severe impact on our emotions and physicality.  Stress affects the grey matter areas of our brain that are responsible for self-control.  But never worry, because the research also showed that it is reversible.  Merely learning to manage your stress sooner, the lesser the damage it will cause you in the future.

In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) recently reported that the constant checking of devices is contributing to high levels of stress for the majority of Americans. This year, results from an APA survey also showed a “statistically significant increase” in stress for the first time since the survey was first conducted in 2007. — Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

Successful People Are Those Who Manage To Stay Calm Under Pressure

Staying calm even when things are falling apart is necessary when it comes to performance at work.  Being in charge of your stress allows you to control your temper, enables you to remain alert, and is also essential in determining your psychological wellbeing.

 

Successful people in business have learned the techniques on how to utilize stress to their advantage.   They can circumnavigate stressful situations and heavy workloads efficiently.

 

Tactics You May Try To Manage Your Stress Levels And Achieve Calmness

  1. Learn The Art Of Positive Thinking. Being positive amidst all the negativities helps with stress management and is even beneficial for your health.  Positivity is not about ignoring life’s unpleasant events but instead dealing with it in a more productive way.  Make it a habit of turning your negative thoughts into positive ones by being open to humor, having a healthy lifestyle, surrounding yourself with positive people and practicing self-talk of logic and reason.
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  1. Always Be Grateful. Showing appreciation unlocks opportunities, either to win more friends, career advancement or new business ventures.  It boosts empathy and cuts belligerence. Gratitude for even the smallest thing in your life improves your self-esteem, lets you sleep better, and improves mental strength according to some studies.

 

  1. Stay Active. Being physically active keeps the body and mind healthy.  You can do simple activities like walking or taking the stairs instead of elevators.  When you are vigorous, your brain stimulates the vagus nerve which calms the body down.   It is essential for keeping you calm when under pressure.

Exercise has unlimited benefits for human body and fighting stress is one of them. Research has shown that people who exercise daily are less likely to experience anxiety. — Sean Grover L.C.S.W.

  1. Meditate. It has been established that meditation helps with combatting stress, lowers blood pressure, and keeps you calm when you feel stressed and anxious.  Meditation relaxes you mentally and physically.
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  1. Give Yourself A Break. It is hard to shut off your phone or refrain yourself from checking messages and emails especially when you hear that beeping signal.  Learning to take a break from technology and gadgets lessens your stress and makes you less depressed.  Indulge yourself to a nice meal instead or use the time off to do some stretching. You can also enjoy a short walk or any relaxing activity that will help you relieve the stress of your monotonously busy life.

 

  1. Recognize Your Weakness. Admitting to yourself that you are not perfect and all-knowing can allow you to keep calm when uncertainties arise.  Asking for assistance when you need one will never be a problem, thus, making you more productive and efficient in doing your best even in the most challenging situations.

 

  1. Have A Good Night’s Sleep. Stress makes sleeping difficult, but a good night’s sleep lessens your stress level.  Observing good sleep hygiene can help improve the quality of your sleep.

 

Our family has survived many storms in our life – financially, emotionally, spiritually, morally – and it is always my husband who captains us to weather them.  His calm disposition allows him to think clearly about what strategies or paths to take.   He had successfully navigated the storms not just in our home but his business as well.  And as his crew, he always reminds us that living life successfully is about learning to dance in the rain and not waiting for the storm to pass.

Effective techniques for managing stress don’t have to be complicated. Often the most successful techniques are those based in common sense rather than some abstract psychological theory. — Bret A. Moore Psy.D., ABPP