I think the made-up word "stressy" has been used to describe me a time or two. In fact, I sometimes use it to describe myself. Feeling stressed is no fun (at all!) and can lead to a lot of unhappiness and some major meltdowns. Fortunately, I've learned and found some strategies that have helped me feel less stressed.
I've decided to start a new series: "How to Stress Less." Every once in a while, I'll post a tip or trick in hopes of helping you stress less and feel happier.
She also seemed to understand me, my childhood, and the way I thought. She didn't seem to judge me, and she was almost always able to make me think more clearly.
When I was stressing about something, whether it was related to family, school, or a guy I liked, she'd say, "Think of the worst possible outcome; follow it through to the end."
She would have me walk through it, vocalizing what could happen.
Then she would say, "Now think of the best possible outcome; follow it through."
Comparing the worst to the best made me realize a few things:
1. The worst is unlikely to happen.
2. The best could happen, so why not take a chance?
3. Usually, what will happen falls somewhere in the middle of the worst and best, and you're worrying for no reason.
So, the next time you feel yourself getting stressed about a situation, think of the worst possible outcome and then the best possible outcome. Chances are, everything will turn out okay. And why not take a chance for the best?
If you have a strategy that helps you stress less, I'd love to hear it! Please feel free to share in the comments or e-mail me if you'd like to write a guest post.