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On Altering Your Way Of Thinking In Order To Deal With Stress

Alter the way you think

Hello everybody! Today I feel like skipping the prologue and go straight into the point. I wanna talk about how I became a happier person by simply changing my mind.

Not too long ago I used to dowel in stress and agony and have panic attacks about the dark future that I thought that was waiting for me. I talked with my therapist about it and she suggested this easy technique: focus on the present moment.

I was stressing myself out because I was imagining all those bad scenarios that were gonna happen if my family didn’t have enough money, if my country would bankrupt and if I couldn’t face my problems. But guess what, nothing of these things was actually happening. A pessimistic part of my brain was taking control of my entire existence and creating a painful and unrealistic environment in which I wrongly believed was the unpleasant reality.

I was and am reading tons of self-help books, blogs and what I’ve learnt so far is that we can make our own reality and the way we approach each problem can be productive or not. I made a commitment to myself to always focus on the good things and experience every difficulty as an opportunity to become a stronger person. Since then I’ve seen a huge improvement on my behavior and my stress levels are so incredibly low!

A tip that my therapist gave me on how to deal with extreme stress is to focus on the material things around you and try to focus on what you feel that exact moment. Like I’m touching my desk, sitting on my chair, drinking water of a glass. Don’t let your mind wander in the ” what ifs” because this doesn’t take you anywhere. Also remember that for a problem there is a solution waiting to be found.

Have a good night and live the moment!

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