By Ron Keeping, Certified Life Coach
- Practice acceptance: It’s okay to admit to yourself that you’re feeling stressed or anxious. You’re not meant to fight these emotions. Trying to do so often amplifies them. Tell yourself that accepting these negative feelings is NOT the same as giving up. You’re acknowledging that you’re not in the best situation right now - but you’re still doing something about it. This alone can be a source of relief.
- Practice critical thinking: Being skeptical to stay cool during a stressful time. Question your thoughts related to stress and anxiety. Ask things like, “Am I being rational or am I emotionally reacting to the situation?”
- Practice mindful breathing or meditation: Slow down and understand what’s happening. That’s why meditation is the perfect way to step outside the moment and observe yourself. As you become more aware of your inner world, you’ll gain better mastery over your emotions. This can be done in less than 10 minutes per day. I recommend 7 Minute Mindfulness.