31 March 2015
I was quoted in an article on the Insider website last week talking about stress and how to diffuse it, pointing out that it is often a by-product of your mind not being able to let go of a thought.
I also explained that changing your breathing is a great way to refocus when you feel like this, which is why hitting the treadmill or trying to beat someone better than you at a game of squash often helps.
However, there are plenty of other ways to deal with stress and it’s good to discuss them. It’s an emotion that’s potentially all around us, especially if you’re the kind of person who finds it hard to say no.
In my experience, listing the things you are grateful for is a very simple yet incredibly effective way to distract yourself from stress. Why? Well, if you think about it, we are only capable of feeling one emotion at a time. It’s a lesson I learned during the final minutes of oxygen I had left to breathe during my avalanche and now I feel grateful simply for being alive.
Focussing on the things you’re grateful for is a great way to remove life’s headaches and the anomalies it might throw at you. Even if there is something out of sync, you can always find a positive.
If you’re still stressed after that, help somebody else. Chances are you won’t be the only one feeling like the world is on your shoulders, and sometimes giving advice or support to a colleague or friend can help you turn that kindness on yourself.
Let me know how you get on. And if you’ve got any tips for dealing with negative emotions, feel free to comment.