This technique can be like a lifeboat in the storm of stress and overthinking. All you need to remember is four techniques: avoid, alter, accept and adapt.
The first thing you can do is avoid. Sounds suspiciously simple, but there’s a lot of aggravation in life you can simply walk away from. You can avoid stressful people in exactly the same way. So, the next time you face a stressful prospect, ask yourself, “Can I just avoid this whole thing?” If you can, do it.
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You always have the option of asking others to change their behavior. Communicate your needs and feelings directly, rather than suffering in silence. You can also do a lot to alter unavoidable situations by cutting them down to a more manageable size.
How do you accept a situation you dislike. Acceptance doesn’t mean pretending you don’t feel how you feel; it’s an acknowledgment that it’s OK to feel that way. Validate your own emotions and own them. Remember that forgiveness is something you do for yourself, and not the other person. Acceptance may also be about the subtle shifts in the way we frame events.
Adapting means making more lasting changes to our worldview, our goals, our perception and expectations. Adapting to stress means we change ourselves to better cope with life. When we adapt to stress, we find ways to make ourselves stronger. We build a worldview for ourselves that empowers us.
So, those are the four As of stress management. When you find yourself feeling anxious, pause and run through each of them in sequence. No matter how stressful the situation, there is a way for you to engage with it mindfully and proactively. You are not helpless in the face of stress—you have tools at your disposal. To use these tools, all it takes is a little awareness.
Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present (Mental and Emotional Abundance Book 6)
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