To remain calm in a stressful situation, it is essential to prepare for it. Here are five steps you have to take to prepare yourself for a stressful situation. By following these steps you make all stressful situations less stressful and easier to overcome.
5 Steps You Need to Take to Prepare Yourself for a Stressful Situation
1. Understand Your Stressors
Every stressful situation is a combination of small stressors. The best thing you can do to prepare yourself for a stressful situation is to identify the stressors and make up a plan to have them under control. Is it a person or a group of people, is it a place you have to go or is it something you have to do. As soon as you have identified the stressor, go to the internet and find a strategy to eliminate or alleviate it. Knowing how to handle the stressors reduces stress significantly.
2. Make a Plan
Now, you know your stressors and have some knowledge how to deal with them. Make a “war plan”, when and how you are going to use the strategies you have found. What you will do when the stressful situation has arrived. Play out the situation in your head and think about every possible angle. Write all the important facts down – see why.
3. Visualize Success
A great way to deal with a stressful situation is to visualize the positive outcome. Take five minutes and visualize the best outcome you can possibly imagine. Positive thinking will give you tons of self confidence and makes you feel in control.
4. Reward Yourself
Think about how you are going to reward yourself after the stressful situation is over. Whether you are going to take yourself to a dinner, eat something sinful or buy yourself something beautiful, in any case it makes you feel better already when you think about it.
5. Reserve Time for Relaxation
Believe it or not, but a great way to prepare yourself for a stressful situation is to take some time off the night before going to the “battle”. Buy some relaxation products and use them, take a bath and listen some soothing music. Calm your body and mind down to ensure a good night sleep. Try not to think about the stressful situation and DO NOT make any last minute changes to your plans.
Here is a great relaxation exercise that you can do before bed.
Video: The evening exercise for relaxing your mind (on the night before that potential stressful situation)
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