Each one of us faces stress- to varying degrees and at various points in our life. Work, money, health, relationships, media overload, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition are major causes of this stress. If harnessed effectively, stress can be a positive force; it can help motivate and improve performance. Yet we often hear stress blamed for contributing to a host of ailments, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. It is critical, therefore, to learn how to manage stress before it manages us.
Create A Positive Narrative!
Research shows that people who frame their life events in a positive manner have better mental health than those who frame their life events negatively. While it is essential to accept difficult events, it is equally important to weave a positive spin whenever possible. For example, if after a heart attack you begin to exercise, eat better and pay more attention to your loved ones, the event becomes a positive story rather than a major setback. Finding meaning in the negative life event becomes a motivator for positive changes that improve the quality of your life.