3 Strategies to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Reducing Stress

Stress and anxiety will affect everyone at some point in their lives. It is a natural part of modern life and the challenges we face. So, is there anything we can do about it, other than grin and bear it? Research in Psychology suggests there are effective and simple ways to tackle the issue and reduce our levels of stressful thinking. Three key steps are described below:

1. Think like a problem-solver

Positive thinkers see a ‘problem’ as something to be solved. Negative thinkers see only that there is a problem. To become more positive in mind you must start thinking like a problem-solver. Research has shown that a problem-solving style of thinking can create a more optimistic view of the world in general. Challenges are there to be removed and ended. It is no excuse to say that it is difficult to find answers – that just means you need to keep going and search harder. A perfect solution may not present itself, but at least you might find a good happy medium. That is a lot better than standing still and worrying that there is a problem.

2. Seek new challenges

Spend time setting some new goals for yourself. That may sound a little crazy of course – if you are already dealing with things that make you stressed, why go out and look for more? The answer is that broadening our horizons removes the emphasis from our particular worries. For example, if you have been stressed by a relationship with a specific friend or work colleague, consider other people and your relation to them. Challenge yourself to make a new acquaintance or extend an existing one. Alternatively, take up a brand new hobby and aim to learn something new. In reality, a specific cause of stress is often just a part of life that needs to be put into perspective. An effective way to do this is to have more alternatives in mind.

3. Create experiences

It is great to think positively (as the previous two approaches suggest) but this should be bolstered by action. Studies have shown that positive mental health is enhanced by activity that mirrors positive thought. The deliberate creation of positive experience and situations will aid stress reduction greatly. Research into the stress levels of carers has shown that creating positive experiences (e.g. day trips with their patients) reduced stress to more manageable levels. This approach can also be closely linked with the strategies described above. When you think of a solution or set a new challenge, then go out and make it happen!

Promote a happier and stronger mental attitude with these positive psychological methods, and reduce the influence of stress in life. Keep in mind that any problems which cause you to worry are only a part of your experience.

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