Addicts have to go through various stages of panic and fright before they can find their zen. There are lots of things that are taught to addicts to enable them to deal with the monsters in their heads. A lot of addicts have found the tips given to them to overcome their addictions very useful in dealing with the stress of their day-to-day lives as well. Stress, regardless of its origin, can manifest itself in similar manner. So, it is very important that we find constructive and effective ways of handling our stress. Here are a few lessons from addicts that can help us in dealing with our day-to-day stress.
1. Recognize The Feeling And Embrace It
This is one of the first things to do when you are flipping out about something. You have something in your life that is giving you a great deal of stress. So, you can either run away from it while holding on to your stress or you can recognize the feeling and embrace it. So, when you are freaking out, just stop and say, “I am freaking about this and I completely love it.” This will enable you to accept what is happening that you have no control over. Acceptance will empower you to have a better control over your emotions and will help you to work towards the solution.
2. Alter The Thought
We are the creators of our thoughts. So, the reason why you are panicking is because you have created a huge pile of problems that you think you can’t handle. So, since you have created the thoughts that are giving you panic attacks, you have the power to change them as well. You don’t have to solve all your problems at once. All you have to do is think about the solutions and its effects. You can focus on solving one problem today and allow yourself to feel empowered in that moment.
3. Unload Your Brain
If you are feeling way too overwhelmed, then take a piece of paper and starting writing down everything that is running in your mind. Keep writing until you have nothing left to write. This physical act will give you a tangible feeling of emotional unloading. After you are done, you will experience a calm and peace which you can use to go on with the rest of your day and other commitments.
4. List Your Priorities
People often feel overwhelmed in their daily lives when they have too many things to do in a small amount of time. So, now that your mind is clear, you can think clearly and list out all the things that need to be done. You have limited amount of time in your hand, so you need to prioritize from the list. This will help you to accomplish and complete all the important tasks in hand. This will make you feel like you are in control of your emotions.
This is something we hardly ever do in our daily lives. We work tirelessly and chase deadlines. But we never stop for a minute and celebrate the small things that we achieve. It is an important part of building oneself up. This step is about recognizing one’s progress and celebrating that. And after you are done recognizing, feel gratitude for having achieved your goal. This will fill you up with positivity and confidence.
6. Don’t Be Afraid To Say No
This is a very important life lesson that can help us in all walks of our lives. There are lots of people who will try to nudge you in the wrong direction or in the direction of their needs. So, you need to recognize that and say a firm no. This will give you back the control of your life.
7. Love Thyself
Self-love is vital if you want to be in control of your emotions and yourself. When you make a mistake, find your love and forgive yourself. Also, plan your day in advance to avoid stress.
These lessons have been found to be effective in managing stress. So, start practicing them today to take back control of your life.