Four Ways to Combat Stress and Negativity

Posted on 25. Nov, 2009 by in Personal Development

Stress is one of the most notorious reasons for hampering growth and productivity. It’s common to almost every human as it comes with having the ability to feel. It’s an accessory of emotions that will always be a part of our lives.

On the other hand, negativity also plays a factor in hindering the maximization of our true talents. It brings a person down many notches from his/her optimum performance level. Also, negativity is often associated with fear and a weak will. It’s oftentimes caused by the fear of failing or past traumatic experiences.

Stress and negativity combined can cause a terrifying effect on your personal and professional life. Granted that they may be offshoots of these two major roles in your life, this doesn’t mean you are powerless against them. Fortunately for you, there are ways to combat these TOGETHER.

  • Surround yourself with positive-minded people:  Spending the majority of your time with people who are as stressed and negative as you would absolutely do nothing to help you. Though, you may understand each other’s plight, it’s basically limited to just that. It doesn’t give you any room to break free from the chains of stress and negativity. Surrounding yourself with positive-minded people will enable you to gain more confidence to convey your ideas with more conviction as you are backed up by your newly found positive outlook.
  • Have fun: Everyone needs a break once in a while. If you feel that the weight you’re carrying is too heavy already, try to escape for a day or two and take some time out alone. Get a massage, ride a rollercoaster, lie down and watch TV the whole day. This can help you clear things up, recharge and get things back on track. If your lifestyle or career does not enable you to escape for days at a time, try to do compact your relaxation time by taking 15-30 minutes a day doing things you genuinely like to do and make you truly happy.
  • Write! Fortunately for us, we live in a digital world now. We don’t have to lug notebooks all the time just for us to be able to jot things down on a regular basis. Try to write a personal blog that only you can see and list down the things that stress you out and the past experiences that has negatively affected you. Knowing the things that stress you out is one of the most important things you need to do in order to win the battle. In any case, once you’ve written them down, carefully think about how you’re going to tackle these problems or root causes. Then, write them down too and track your progress as time goes on. Do it at your own pace and I’m pretty sure, you’ll have the battle won pretty soon. As an added bonus, you get to hone your writing skills too if through this, you get to express yourself freely.
  • Let go: This is undeniably one of the hardest things to do but it’s one of the most effective. Letting go involves purging one’s emotional attachments to painful past experiences or current stressful ones. This erases bitterness, hostility, anger and more importantly, stress. This can enable you to be more open to forgiveness (if any is needed) and to optimism, which is one of the vital factors in succeeding. Stressful and negative things burden your emotions and letting them go will definitely make you feel lighter and better.

Without stress and negativity, you can focus more on the things you value the most. You can take risks and still appreciate life (or your profession) for its beauty and value even if you fail. You can now reach your goals without any hitch or excuse. Win the battle against stress and negativity and you have a pretty good chance of succeeding in your personal and business life.

Try these methods out. Things can only get better from here. :)

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