Imagine if you can be excited every time you encounter a problem. You give yourself a pat on the back and congratulate yourself for yet another problem you have to solve. Wouldn’t that make for an exciting life? The reality is quite the opposite, though. When you deal with a problem, and you often will, you become stressed. And this may compound over time.
Thankfully, stress can be managed if you focus on the solution. Facing your problems head-on might just be the answer to your rising stress levels.
Avoiding the Helpless Phase
One of the biggest reasons you stress about problems is because they make you feel helpless. They often come as a surprise and your plans are turned upside down by these unexpected problems. With your routine interrupted, you feel lost. The only way to get things back to normal is to get the problem out of the way, but when you’re worried about the problem instead of thinking of the solution, you’ll never get there. Tell yourself you can handle the problem and get to problem-solving mode to get out of that helpless funk.
You deal with all kinds of problems daily. It can be something as simple as your preferred eyebrow makeup for sale running out of stock or it can be something more complicated such as running low on funds a couple of days before payday. No matter the intensity of the problem, you can change your mindset to be more proactive in solving them. If you look at them as a challenge, you can easily define your goal and work towards that. For example, if your goal is to look good, you’ll know there are other makeup products you can try until your favorite brands restock. You might even discover a new product that works for your skin by stepping out of your comfort zone. If you always find yourself struggling financially, make it a challenge to live on a budget that will leave you some financial wiggle room. This helps you look into your spending habits to avoid repeating problems in the future.
Standing Your Ground
Not all problems need a solution. Some of them may not be problems at all, but you’re stressed about them because you’ve been presented with a choice and now you’re unsure if you should continue on your path. For instance, you’re happy with your job, but someone offers you a better payout for a job that’s not exactly your type. The availability of this option to switch careers makes you question whether you’ve been living the best life if you have a smaller income. Ask yourself this: would you rather be happy with your job or would you rather earn more and lose your happiness? Knowing your priority is all it takes to “resolve” this issue.
People get stressed easily. Millennials might just be the most anxious generation, and that doesn’t help when you’re facing seemingly endless problems. To live a life that’s not full of overwhelming stress, do things that make you feel content and complete so that problems will not threaten you.