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Stress is something that we all face on a fairly regular basis. Unfortunately, we do live in a world that’s constantly stressed or feeling like we need to be stressed in order to be successful. But, allowing stress to consume our lives can take a toll on our health and appearance (not to mention our skin’s aging process!). We all know we want to feel less stressed and try to manage it, but there are certain times where it can feel nearly impossible to do so. We thought we would share some of our favorite tips and tricks for staying calm during high stress situations. So you can give them a try yourself the next time you’re in a high stress situation.
Ask for Help
We get it, it’s not always easy to ask for help and to even admit that you need help. Especially in high stress situations, we all tend to want to deal with things on our own, but the truth is asking for help can be a really great way to help you stay calm. Even if it’s just asking for help in the sense of emotional support, that can go a long way in high stress situations. But truthfully, asking help in areas that you’re not comfortable or truly need some assistance can be a huge relief and help in you staying calm in high stress situations. Take planning a wedding for example, that can be a truly stressful experience especially if you’re trying to do it all yourself. Ask your friends or family for help in areas you really need it, you’ll feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders.
Make a Plan
Here’s the thing, so often we get stressed because we tend to feel overwhelmed in high stress situations. But one of the things that we’ve found is incredibly helpful in these types of situations is to take a step back and make a plan. If you know that you get stressed out when you take tests, or go to the doctor’s office, or you have a high stress situation on the horizon acknowledge that those things/situations cause you some stress and take a step back to figure out what kind of plan you can put into place to make the experience less stressful. For example, if you have a big test coming up, figure out what you can do leading up to it to help ease some stress.
The thing about stress, and high stress situations is it’s so easy for us to get caught up in the stress feeling and kind of lose sight of the present moment. Experts continue to share the power of really being present and helping to relax yourself in high stress moments. How do you get present? Removing yourself from the situation in that moment and getting to an almost meditative state is incredibly powerful. This doesn’t have to mean you’re meditating for 30 minutes, just sitting back in your chair, taking deep breaths, relaxing your muscles and really feeling the present moment can help you to think much clearer and reduce your stress levels significantly.