Being optimistic in a stressful stituation – Stress Management skills

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The world is full of so much bad news, don’t you think? I mean, with all the terror attacks in London, and the like, it’s difficult not to be overwhelmed by the negative vibes pervading the world today. Turn on the news and you have breaking news coming out ever so often. Combine it with a stressful day at work and you have a classic setting for pessimism and depression.  That is why effective stress management strategies are so paramount to the success of every individual.

Most of the world’s greatest achievers, including pastors, athletes, entrepreneurs, and the like, would not have gotten to the peak of their height without learning effective stress management strategies. They developed the psychological ability to manifest a mental cool, on demand. And this composure has enabled them to handle pressure without breaking down.

Stress is a part of life that cannot be totally eradicated. However, you can reduce the negative impact of stress on your health and relationships.  Learning to manage stress, and respond with a positive attitude, is a great way to grow yourself and strengthen your mental prowess. That is why positive thinking and optimism are crucial parts of effective stress management.

Therefore, it is important that we learn how to maintain a positive attitude, one with optimism, when dealing with stress.

Stress management and optimism

STRESS MANAGEMENTHave you ever heard the age-old question of the half-full cup?

“is your cup half-full, or half-empty?”

Now it is important to note that, with respect to the question above, both choices are correct in their own in their own respect. The cup is both half-full and half-empty at the same time.

You can choose to whine, and feel sad, that you have only half-glass of drink left. Or you can choose to fell fortunate, and be grateful, that you still have half a glassful of drink left. They are both correct. However, the positive and optimistic approach has advantages over the negative attitude in many ways.

In real life, also, the optimistic person has so much more advantage over the pessimist, when placed in a similar situation.

For one, optimism opens the mind to possible, and creative, opportunities. The optimist is willing to think outside the box and, in most cases, come up with solutions that a pessimist would have otherwise discarded. As Bo Bennett rightly puts it

“having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.”

Optimism enables you to be mentally prepared to handle the situation, and effectively reduce stress impact, much more quickly than pessimism. In other words, optimism is more likely to get you out of the pit. Pessimism, on the other hand, is likely to increase your stress, and prevent you from seeing the creative solution you so need.

The Optimist in a stressful situation

STRESS MANAGEMENTThe optimist is someone who focuses on positivity and positive thinking. He does not allow a disappointing, or discouraging, situation keep him down for long. Rather, he sees every disaster/problem as a challenge to surmount, and an opportunity to learn something new. He knows how to manage stress and reduce the negative effects of stress, by shedding some positive light on the problem. This makes it look more surmountable and less stressful.

Optimism, however, is not denial of reality. The optimist is not somebody who sticks his head in the sand, just to avoid some unpleasant situations in life. Emphatically no. The optimist is a realist who tackles the situation with a positive attitude. This is one of the simple ways to reduce stress and increase productivity in a stressful situation.

Furthermore, since your thought and emotions determine your actions, optimism helps you become more constructive in life. This helps you in stress management, and in achieving your set goals.

But is it possible to remain calm and optimistic in the face of dire circumstance? Circumstances that only seem to get worse?

Emphatically YES

The question to ask is “how?”

And since you asked so nicely, here are a few tips for you.

Ways to reduce stress and stay optimistic

Don’t be the victim

It might not be your fault that things are so bad, true. But placing the label of the victim on yourself will only prolong your misery. It places you in a mental dungeon of helplessness and hopelessness. This is a pessimistic state of mind that stifles all creative energies that you need to overcome the challenge.

Instead, make up your mind to take charge of your destiny, and decide that you want to be happy. Then choose to win, and start seeking opportunities to do so.

Take charge and focus on the positive

Ever heard of the saying ”every dark cloud has a silver lining.”?  It’s true with life’s situations. No matter how bad a situation can be, there is always something good in it. You just have to look.

So take charge of your mind, and refuse to dwell on the shadows and negativity of the situation look for the light in the situation and stay there. It helps reduce stress and increase optimism.

Be thankful

STRESS MANAGEMENTOk, I know the lights were out for two hours, and you had work to do. But at least you finally got that two hours you so needed, to clean up the house. Thank goodness it no longer looks like a war zone.

You see, after you’ve found the positive sides of the situation, take some time to be thankful for them because things could have been worse. Taking some time to be thankful helps you realize how fortunate and blessed you are, after all.

Doing so helps establish your optimism. Being thankful makes you realize that you have some good coming your way after all. This results in a boost of moral and productivity. It is a simple, yet effective, stress management skill to have.

Take care of yourself

It is easier to be grumpy and pessimistic when you are fatigued. Exhausting yourself is not a good idea because it reduces your productivity and optimism. It also increases your stress. So, eat well, sleep well, take regular breaks and exercises. In general, don’t overwork yourself. It does not help in any way.

Create a battle plan

Ok, we know that you are not out to conquer a nation, and stuff like that. But you are out to deal with stress and fix the situation. Therefore, a plan is needed.

Ever heard of the saying “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”

Well, it’s true. Don’t just say “things will work out”, no. You have a role to play in working things out. So draw out a plan/strategy help guide you in fixing things. You can seek professional help if needed.

Knowing that you have things planned out, and that you are following the plan, can go a long way in boosting confidence and optimism.  It is one stress management skill that can help reduce stress in any situation. It is a great way to help maintain optimism in a dire situation.

In all, optimism in dire situation is essential for problem solving and stress management. Use these tips to lighten up your cloudy days, and solve that problem.

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