Stress-The confusion created when the mind overrides the body’s desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it.
Now that’s not nice or really useful because you have just given in to someone else’s behavior. A poor outcome is just about guaranteed. It is all about taking personal responsibility for your outcomes.
So here are some stress management tips for toxic people or those difficult situations life serves up:
1. Breathe – when you are stressed, you stop breathing. The brain receives no oxygen so you can’t think and will immediately flee to the fight or flight — choke the living out of them, or flee.
2. Pause – Stop. Think. Learn. Plan. Do.
3. Shift to the part of your brain where the words live so you can stop the negative spiral of thinking – your left brain. Say to yourself, “This is a test, this is only a test, this will not be important in 10 years.”
Have you ever noticed how you can think of exactly what to say about 2 hours after the stressful event? In the moment, you’re thinking from mental terrorism (right side of your brain) and are highly emotional.
Remember, stress is a gift we give ourselves. No one can make you feel bad except yourself.
Any other ideas on how to manage your stress? Please share!