3 Ways to Tackle Stress Head On
By Bri'Ann Stephens
Stress is an inevitable part of life, still we so desperately try to avoid it. The most common advice when dealing with stress is simply, "do not stress" and I know first hand it is much easier said than done. Let us first get a clear understanding of the meaning of stress. Stress is a state of mental and emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. We deal with adverse and demanding situations daily. Depending on your line of work, your living situations, or your love life, everyday could be a stressful one.
So now you're probably wondering, "What do I do when put in such a predicament?" Well first I will tell you what you shouldn't do... do not go crazy! Do not try to terminate your life! Do not cope with stress by smoking marijuana or drinking your problems away! All of these things will only hinder you and pull you further away from what is probably a blessing in disguise. Ultimately, stressing out will only add to your problems and prolong them. Do not keep running from your problems because eventually you will have to face them. Here's how you face them – head on.
Too often do people pretend as if nothing is wrong whenever they are in a stressful situation. Imagine someone smiling while standing in a burning building. Looks crazy right? Well that's how you appear when you're stressed out about something and pretend as if nothing is wrong. It is okay admit when you're stressed. Problems occur and the only way to find solutions to those problems is by accepting and admitting them. There are two ways I acknowledge stressful situations in my life, I write them down and I pray. Writing it down helps me to see the problem. I sometimes even go as far as listing ways to handle the situation, similar to an outline. Praying also helps when it comes to acknowledging problems. Get to a quiet place and have a talk with God.
Confide in someone you trust about what is stressing you out. This person could be a friend, a family member, a church leader, God, or even someone who has dealt with similar issues. Many times we let our pride get in the way of talking to people because we want to appear to be in perfect shape. The truth is everyone needs help and asking for help is actually a sign of strength not weakness. Talk to someone. You never know, you may be one person away from your breakthrough.
3. TAKE A BREAK.
Get away from the troubles that have you bound. You could go for a walk, go to the park and read a book, grab some friends and have a game night, paint, do something old, or try something new. Just relax and do not stress about tomorrow. Tomorrow has its own worries. Something I learned long ago is that I can only control so much. Meaning, some things will be completely out of my control and I am okay with that. We have to understand that some issues are beyond us. This is where your faith comes into play. Whether it is solved today, tomorrow, a week, or even a month from now, believe that it will be okay and don't waste time stressing out about it. Get out and enjoy life!
To sum it all up, instead of standing in the burning room waiting to be burned by the fire, pull it together, acknowledge the fire, call the fire department, and get out of the burning room!