Stress: Changing Perspectives

Environmental stress is the one stress none of us can avoid; and worse – none of us can do anything to change it. This includes things like the weather, traffic, and getting stuck in the slowest line at the post office.

Since we can do nothing about environmental stressors, an effective way to deal with them is to let go of the hold they have on us, and reframe the experience. 

One technique you can use is having an Attitude of Gratitude. So instead of being overwhelmed with laundry, take a moment to be thankful for the beautiful clothes you own. Or when you are stuck in the slowest line at the grocery store, be thankful for the cart full of food you are bringing home.

Another thing you can try is the Diversion Tactic. You can do something practical instead of stewing in frustration. If you’re stuck in the slowest lane on the freeway, you can listen to an audiobook or lecture on tape. You’ve transformed an otherwise mundane task to a learning moment. Who knows, you may not have been able to listen to that audio lecture, otherwise. 
By letting go and reframing the experience, you will find that you can take environmental stress in stride.