Stress (defined): Your son just took the car for a joy ride and wrecked it. Your dog made a chew toy out of your couch while you were at work. The washing machine is broken. The roof is leading. Your career change didn't go as expected. You have a big presentation due tomorrow and your computer has crashed unexpectedly. taking all your notes with it.
Nothing is going right. At all. So how to you beat the stress when, no matter what you do, life is giving it to you from all sides? You're not going to find any answers hiding under a pillow. Here are three things you can do to beat the stress and keep yourself sane when the hits just keep on coming.
Get Out - Now! When life throws it at you non-stop, just get out. Put everything down, head for the door and leave it behind. I'm not saying abandon it - I'm just saying unplug from the situation for a bit. Not only will unplugging stop the momentum of the situation - it'll give you a much needed and blood pressure-lowering interlude to help you breathe and think clearly once again.
Get Some Help. Really, any kind of help at this juncture will HELP. Maybe it's a housekeeper. Maybe it's sending your teenage son to pickup his sister so you don't have to make the run. Maybe it's locking yourelf in the basement and drinking a nice glass of chardonnay on the stairs. Stress can be alleviated in many ways and sometimes it's the little things that keep us from losing every one of our marbles. No help to be found? Take a deep breath and count your blessings. You never liked that sofa anyway!
Get a Second Opinion. Sometimes we need an ear and that's all we really need to keep from spinning out of control. Have you ever told a friend about your crazy day and they just started to laugh? It's great to realize that your life is funny again and not the apocalypse you thought. Pick up that phone, dial a friend and become a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? instead of The Biggest Loser.
Are you spending way too much time at the end of your rope recently? Have you been hanging there for a while?
The way to get ahead in this life and be genuinely happy is to start at the beginning and know your true self. I could offer plenty of great advice, but unless you truly understand who you are, your strengths and your weaknesses, and are willing to make a change, then the success you might find from any bit of advice I could give would be short lived.
I can't stop the problems and stress from coming, but I can help you deal with them as they arrive.
If your greatest desire is to be genuinely happy and better able to handle the stress life throws at you then I encourage you to Take the Keller Influence Indicator®(or KII®, pronounced “kay-two”). This is the first influence assessment designed to help you understand the exact influence traits it takes in order to create the change you want to see in your life. You'll learn which of your influence traits are already working hard for you, and which ones need work. Having a greater understanding of your own 7 influence traits will help you take back control of your life and start working towards a better tomorrow.
"Everything begins somewhere so it may as well begin with you." ~ Dr. Karen Keller