With the holiday season here, I see so many people experiencing high levels of stress. While I have no idea if these stressful situations are strictly due to the holiday season, I know one thing is for sure, we all have our moments when life becomes overwhelmingly stressful.

Whether or not you’re someone who runs around saying your stressed or not, the reality is our body and minds do feel stressed from time to time. My trip to the ER in June proved that I do get stressed out, but I stay so positive that I neglect to realize just how much stress I’m truly experiencing.

Some therapy sessions later and a bit of a drastic lifestyle change to remove some of my stress actually helped! While I won’t tell you to seek therapy for every stressful situation, nor become homeless like I was. I can tell you that I’ve found some of the best tricks to stay calm during stressful times that helped me remain a successful entrepreneur, and today I’m sharing those tricks with you!

5 Tricks Successful People Use to Stay Calm in Stressful Situations

Stay Positive

If I had a dime for every time someone told me that a positive attitude doesn’t solve anything or “I tried thinking positive today and yesterday, but it simply doesn’t work”, I’d be rich. For one, positive thinking does not solve a thing, nor can you “think your problems away”. The thing is, you can choose to change your perspective about stressful situations so that you stay calm. Look at stressful situations as an opportunity to learn something new. With every new stressful situation is a chance to learn how to overcome a new obstacle, thus leaving you with more experience in life.

Go Outside

A short walk outside isn’t going to kill you. You don’t have to consume yourself with the stressful situation every moment of every day. This situation is going to be here until you’ve created a solution. So, pause and go outside. Take a walk, blow some bubbles, laugh with family, or run around with the family dog. I don’t care what you do, go outside! The fresh air can help you say calm during stressful situations.

Positive Affirmations

The most successful people have positive affirmations surrounding them regularly. This can be in the form of an inspirational post, coffee cup, or positive affirmations app. Whatever it is, having positive affirmations around you at all times helps keep you calm during stressful situations as it keeps your mind direct at your positive characteristics and strengths rather than the emotions of your current stressed-out state.

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Identify the Stressor(s)

You’ll need to identify what your stressors are before you can work to resolve them. Take time to sit down and determine what part of this stressful situation is overwhelming you the most. Brainstorm a list of ideas to resolve the situation. While you may not use all of the ideas you jot down, it’s a great way to identify the problem and match a good solution up to it.

Get a Hobby

Lastly, why not get a hobby? If you already have a hobby, then make it a more important part of your life. Successful people know when to let loose and have fun because they know the more they relax their mind, the easier solutions come. That’s why I highly recommend you pick up a new hobby to help stay calm during stressful situations. If you’re an introvert, you can pick up a new hobby in the comfort of your home, so don’t feel like you can’t get a hobby because anyone can have a hobby!

In conclusion, I obviously am not a professional therapist, but I am a successful entrepreneur and mother who’s had her fair share of stressful situations in the last few years. This means I do speak from experience. These tips to stay calm during stressful situations may not help you right away, but I am confident that at least one of these ideas will help you find your inner peace during times of high stress.

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