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Know The Different Sources of Stress and Ways to Deal With Them

Stress has become an inevitable part of our lives, thanks to the never-ending responsibilities and commitments that keep us worried all the time. Contrary to what other people think, too much stress can adversely affect our overall wellbeing.

Emotional intelligence specialist Daniel Tolson says that it is crucial to get to the root of the stress so that you can address the underlying issues that cause it. Here are the most common causes and ways to deal with them:

Purpose-Less Life

It is easy to get overwhelmed when you compare yourself to your peers, but everyone has their own pace in life, and it would be unfair if you use others as a standard of success. Sometimes, the lack of meaning in life happens when you don’t have a bigger goal to inspire you.

One way to manage this is by pondering long-term ideals to find a purpose in life. This way, you can refocus your mind and find ways to achieve little goals to reach your ultimate vision.

Scared to Fail

Fear of failure can often lead to productivity and efficiency because if you want to succeed, you’ll do everything you can to accomplish it. However, intense fear of failure can become damaging and will appear as anxiety or worry.

Nik Shuliahin/Unsplash It may be common to fear failure but too much of it can be damaging

Always assure and affirm yourself when this happens, especially when you are inundated with tasks that you feel are impossible to accomplish. Remind yourself that you can do this and that you were given the projects because people know you can do it.

Terrified of Rejection

Have you ever felt the need to gain other people’s validation? Your need to please others may have stemmed from your childhood, most especially if you didn’t receive support or love when you were young.

To combat this way of thinking, verbally and with conviction remind yourself that you can do this. If repeatedly done, your subconscious mind will pick it up.

Denying Many Things

Other people couldn’t deal with the stress that comes with failure and mistakes so they just brush off what they feel in order to protect themselves from facing the truth that usually hurts. However, this denial could lead to something worse.

Michal Parzuchowski/Unsplash Being in denial only puts your problems on top of each other

This is why it is sometimes best to face your problems and challenges head-on than to ignore them. The expert claimed this will cause less stress than when you deny them.

Excessive Worrying

Anxiety affects our mental and physical health, but sometimes, we worry too much over things that need not our attention, studies show. Despite knowing that some things are beyond our control, our habit is to excessively inundate ourselves with thoughts about it.

Boram Kim/Unsplash Worrying can lead to physical and mental problems

However, one way to fight this is by writing our worries and analyzing the worst case scenario if these panned out. Now, you will have an idea of how to counteract if it happens or what to do to prevent it from happening.

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