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It is impossible to go through life without experiencing stress. But the way and manner you respond to stress determine how successful you become regardless of the situations you face. 

This is why it is important to cultivate a mindset that allows you to stay calm in stressful situations. You may not always be able to prevent stressful events from occurring but you can control how you respond to these events. 

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Here are some ways to stay calm when it seems like everything is falling apart.

Always See The Positive

While it may seem illogical to always be positive even when things are going wrong in your life, it’s actually a realistic and powerful way to think. Being pessimistic about the problems you face will only lead to you feeling overwhelmed. However, when you start seeing difficult situations as opportunities to learn and prove your strength, your confidence that you can tackle any problem increases.

Identify Your Stressors

The first step in overcoming your stress is to identify what is causing it. Being able to identify the culprits behind your negative emotions makes them to lose their power over you. 

For example, if you feel stressed out whenever you step out of your house, tracing the root of the problem may help you discover that it is your environment that causes you the stress. With this revelation, you may intensify efforts to leave that environment and change your attitude towards how you face problems in that environment while you’re there. 

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Get Quality Sleep

When you’ve not had a good night’s rest, you tend to be on the edge. This can distort your view of things and make you stress even about the small things. 

Set a goal of getting plenty of sleep, especially if you are feeling stressed out. Studies show that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day can improve the quality of your sleep. You should also aim for sleeping for at least eight hours every night. 

Ask For Help

Being too scared to ask for help is certain to make you feel overwhelmed. Moreover, loneliness can worsen the negative emotions that arise from stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from people in your network who possess the knowledge and experience you lack. 

People are usually willing to assist in whatever manner they can. Your confidence can also increase when you realise that there are people looking out for you. 

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This article was first published on 6th April 2022


My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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