There are really two kinds of people in the world: people who act and people who wait to be acted upon. Of course, that’s a generalization, but the reality is, most people fall into these two categories. Some people take control of what happens in their life, while others sit back and let life happen to them.
It’s also interesting to note the difference in how these two groups handle stress. Those who take control of their lives tend to deal with stress much better than those who allow life to control them. Both groups feel stress and they both feel the negative effects of stress, but they deal with it differently.
Here is how the first group takes control of the situation and manages stress. For starters, they expect change, and they prepare for it. Change is going to happen. It’s a part of life. People who are prepared for it can manage unexpected change more effectively.
People who handle stress well tend to focus on the positive instead of the negative. For example, they recognize the freedoms they have instead of the limitations they face. Speaking of avoiding negativity, those who manage stress well, avoid negative self-talk. They know that staying negative will not help so they focus on the positive instead.
Successful stress managers also remember to be thankful for what they already have. There are no guarantees, so it’s important to recognize all the good things there are in life. This will improve your mood, lower your stress level, increase your energy and make you even more grateful.
Stress is inevitable, but when you choose to control and manage it, you remain in charge of your life and its outcomes.