If there’s one thing we can’t avoid in life, it’s stress. The two things seem to be permanently intertwined. Everywhere we go and every time we move, stressful situations are bound to follow. And I believe that it’s stress’s omnipresence that makes it so difficult to cope with.
During highly stressful times, it can be challenging to find ways to relax. In my experience, stress makes it almost impossible to relax. Every time you think you can spare a few moments for yourself, a dozen different things pop up in your way. Your to-do list seems to go on for miles and you don’t know when you’ll have the chance to take a break.
When I think about these sort of situations, I immediately realize how easy it is to allow stress to get the best of you. It isn’t hard to get caught up in problems, especially when they seem to outweigh their solutions. But if there’s one thing that stress has taught me, it’s that letting yourself get worked up about something won’t make it any easier to deal with. If anything, the incessant worry makes it more difficult to handle stress-filled scenarios. If we’re constantly preoccupied with our troubles, I think it clouds our judgments and prevents us from thinking effectively. So, in a sense, I believe that de-stressing is just as important to coping with stress as actually solving the issue.
We also have to remember that not every problem can be solved instantaneously. I definitely have a hard time with this, as I’m someone who prefers to get things done as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. I think it’s critical to keep in mind that not every issue will be as simple as the last. And even though we may want to worry about something until it’s completely done, it’s only going to cause us more stress in the long-run. We need to remember to de-stress every then and again, because it isn’t healthy to fixate on one thing for a prolonged period of time.
Anyways, while we can’t avoid stress completely, I feel like it’s important to gain control over it. Letting stress control us ultimately won’t make us happy, so we should focus on learning to take charge of it. If we can control our stress, we can prevent it from overwhelming us.
How do you cope with stress?