Stress management strategy #4: Accept the things you canâ€™t change
Some sources of stress are unavoidable. You canâ€™t prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or a national recession. In such cases, the best way to cope with stress is to accept things as they are. Acceptance may be difficult, but in the long run, itâ€™s easier than railing against a situation you canâ€™t change.
- Donâ€™t try to control the uncontrollable. Many things in life are beyond our controlâ€” particularly the behavior of other people. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems.
- Look for the upside. As the saying goes, â€śWhat doesnâ€™t kill us makes us stronger.â€ť When facing major challenges, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth. If your own poor choices contributed to a stressful situation, reflect on them and learn from your mistakes.
- Share your feelings. Talk to a trusted friend or make an appointment with a therapist. Expressing what youâ€™re going through can be very cathartic, even if thereâ€™s nothing you can do to alter the stressful situation.
- Learn to forgive. Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world and that people make mistakes. Let go of anger and resentments. Free yourself from negative energy by forgiving and moving on
How do you deal with unavoidable stress?