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How to Make Stress Your Friend

Stress is usually looked at as the enemy, something that hurts us rather than helps us. While stress certainly can be damaging, sometimes changing our perspective changes our relationship with it. So, how do you take stress from your nemesis to your BFF? It’s easier said than done.

Try, for instance, some of the following:

Use stress as a motivator: You can look at stress as a pain in the bum or as something that kicks you in the bum and motivates you to get stuff done. If you’re stressed about your weight because you’re carrying an extra ten pounds, use that stress as encouragement and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Agree with stress: What we resist tends to persist! This is true with anxiety. If you resist your stressor – ignoring it or avoiding it – it only strengthens. Instead, face stress head on. This helps it turn from an enemy into an ally.

Look at stress as a learning opportunity: If you’re persistently stressed about the same issue, it’s possible that the universe is trying to tell you something. Are you always anxious at work? Does your relationship cause you more pain than joy? Then it might be time for change.

Invest in your stress: When you invest in your stress, it grows less powerful. For instance, an anxious person who invests in their anxiety by signing up for yoga classes or taking a meditation workshop, invests in their stress by seizing control of it. Once you have control, you can determine its impact.

Get to work: Objects in motion stay in motion – that’s what’s behind inertia. Thus, get in motion. Don’t be a spectator to stress; rather, grow active in your befriending of it. Read books. Take classes. Speak to a therapist. Do what you need to be the catalyst of change. Be daring and fearless. In other words, grab stress by the balls.


Hiya, I’m Karen, energy therapist and mind body expert for dynamic and ambitious women who are struggling with anxiety. I help them to get to the root cause of their anxiety so they can take back control other thoughts and be the calm and confident woman they want to be.
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