1. Nothing & no one can “make” you feel anything.
The way you deal with a situation is a choice. No one can drive your car unless you give them the keys. You can’t control others’ actions, but you can be responsible for your own reactions. The serenity prayer states “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Ask yourself; “is this something I can change?”
If yes, explore positive ways to change it.
If no, such as the economy or an illness, accept it. By accepting the situation, and finding ways to cope with the inevitable, stress can be drastically reduced.
2. Have an attitude of gratitude.
Negative attitudes can affect our physical, spiritual and mental well-being. Think of all the things for which you can be thankful; life, health, strength, friends, family, nature, etc.
3. Relax, relax, relax.
Amidst the speed & craziness of everyday life, you may forget to take care of yourself. Relaxation rejuvenates the mind, body & spirit and leaves you better prepared to deal with stressful situations. Relaxation does not have to be time-consuming. It can include periodic breaks of stretching, deep-breathing or just standing outside to feel the sun on your skin.
4. Look at the big picture.
Look at the “big picture” point of view. How important is this issue? Will this matter in the long run? It’s important to remember that you control how stress affects you. You can control the stress, or let stress control you.