Shift the Long-Term Story of Stress
While you can shift your response to stress in the moment, you can also shift how you think about stress when you’re not experiencing it. In other words, you can shift your stress story long-term and train yourself to understand that stress isn’t a bad thing overall.
Stress can serve a positive purpose in your growth and development if you choose to see it that way. For example, giving a presentation can be stressful, but preparing for it and practicing delivering it helped you learn and grow professionally. You can view a stressful situation as a challenge that can be mastered. With deliberate intention and practice, you can effectively manage tough situations with less stress. This not only supports physical health but also builds self-esteem and self-efficacy and can help you feel more empowered the next time you’re in a situation that feels difficult.