The impact that stress has on our bodies is often mediated by our own perception. So if we view it in a different light, we might be able to improve from it.
Here are four ways you can transform stress into a true strength.
1. Reframe the stress
Reframing stress doesn’t mean you should ignore the negative effects stress can cause. It’s about recognising the positives you can draw from it and choosing that path instead.
A Harvard study discovered that repeating positive mantras in stressful situations can help with reframing. Something like, “I am excited!” before a stressful presentation can change your outlook on the task, which can result in increased performance.
2. Learn to embrace the stress
If you want to turn stress into a productive energy, you need to view stress as an opportunity.
Many want to avoid stress at all costs, so when they do get round to experiencing it, it tends to overwhelm them.
In reality, it’s much better to accept stress as a part of life and develop new ways of dealing with the problem that stress arises from. When you start to accept stress as normal, it can improve your confidence in stressful situations.
3. Talk about it with your close friends and family
Talking about your stress with other people can help you build up your resilience. By talking about such experiences, you can strengthen your bond with others and let you know that you are not the only one who gets stressed in life. You will be able to share the different ways you try to cope, which can be beneficial for both parties.
4. Enlist the help of a hypnotherapist
A hypnotherapist can help you discover the root of the problem so you can then move on and set goals. A goal could include what you would like to achieve without the stress holding you back. The hypnotherapist will help you towards that goal using various techniques, with the aim of giving you more confidence and helping you feel more relaxed towards the stressor.