by Corina Dondas
To manage stress in a more efficient way, you should try to banish all those negative thoughts that seem to appear uninvited into your mind every time something doesn’t go according to your plan.
If you’re always working extremely hard to reach all your goals and fulfill all your dreams, then you should know a couple of very efficient ways successful people stay calm, since it’s extremely important to manage your emotions and control your temper when you’re under pressure. Stress has a huge influence on your work performance and most of this influence is not positive. If you don’t learn how to manage your emotions in times of stress, you might encounter all kinds of problems that could affect different areas of your life. There are a quite a few very effective strategies successful people employ to remain calm when they are feeling stressed. Travis Bradberry says that “90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.” A lot of studies have shown that long periods of stress can be extremely harmful to your body, while short periods can help you perform at your best; you just have to find the perfect balance between those two. Here are a few very interesting ways successful people stay calm when faced with stress:
1. THEY STAY POSITIVE
In my opinion, this is definitely one of the most efficient ways successful people stay calm in stressful times. They always stay positive. Even if things don’t look so good sometimes, it’s extremely important to try to stay positive and see the glass half-full. Positive thoughts will make the stress go away, so try to focus your attention on the things that are going great in your life and don’t let all those negative thoughts overwhelm you!
2. THEY ARE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT THEY HAVE
Successful people are always extremely grateful for all that they have. They know how lucky they are and they do appreciate all the wonderful things around them. A lot of studies have shown that by being more grateful every day, you can actually reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) by 23%, thus you will have more energy and you will improve your mental and physical well-being.
3. THEY RELAX
Successful people do know how important it is to relax after you’ve done a lot of work. They do like to disconnect and they often do things they enjoy to release all that stress they’ve accumulated during the day, and to recharge their batteries. You could learn a few relaxation techniques that you could practice at least a couple of times every week or you could do some breathing exercises every day.
4. THEY DISCONNECT
Well, this is very close related with the previous point. Successful people often disconnect and take breaks from technology. So, try turning off your phone for a half an hour and see how that feels. A lot of studies have actually shown that even something as simple as an e-mail break can significantly lower your stress levels.
5. THEY LIMIT THEIR CAFFEINE INTAKE
Successful people don’t usually drink too much coffee. They actually sleep for at least 7 or 8 hours every night and they limit their caffeine intake, since they know that drinking too much coffee can make you feel agitated and it can put your brain and your body in a hyper-aroused state of stress. If you are a coffee lover, try replacing your coffee with some green tea, since it’s far less harmful.
6. THEY BANISH NEGATIVE SELF-TALK
To manage stress in a more efficient way, you should try to banish all those negative thoughts that seem to appear uninvited into your mind every time something doesn’t go according to your plan. In those moments, just try to write them down on a little piece of paper and you will notice that all statements which contain words like “worst,” “ever” or “never” are actually not true.
7. THEY REFRAME THEIR PERSPECTIVE
Every time you are feeling stressed or you fear that you might lose control, try reframing your perspective on things. There are certain circumstances you can’t control no matter how hard you try, but you can control the way you respond to them. Don’t dwell on your past! Put that situation into perspective and look for different clues that will show you that your anxiety is not proportional to the stressor. You’ll see that most times, you’re only overreacting.
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