How you handle stress — it’s how you handle everything

Focus on where you are going

It’s simple but effective. I need this when I am stressing out when I know I am going to be late. It’s important to remember all I have to do is get from A to B and focus on that. Stop all the outside noise. Once I start worrying and thinking of all apologies; it’s the nonsense, the noise, the distractions I don’t need. Instead, just focus on where you are going. It’s like being on the horse. Focus on where you are going and forget the rest.

Have a cup of tea / see the bigger picture

When I think I am stressed I need to think of a bigger picture and where does that fit in. Suddenly the annoying voice in my head disappears. The stress and worry vanish. How does me being late for the plane really affect me? Am I injured? Is my health ok? Is my family’s health ok? Do I have food and a roof over my head?

One step at the time

“I want it now” is not a way forward. The culture of fast food, fast business, fast dating and fast everything I need to stop and take a moment. You cannot have summer without mosquitos it is the same with everything else. It will be hiccups and difficulties all I have to do is keep going. One foot in front of the other no matter how easy or hard — one step at a time.

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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