For the last six months Stig has been going
through an extremely difficult patch.
He was feeling as if his whole life was stuck
and he had nowhere to turn to.
It was the hard time when he had lost his job
and didn’t have enough money to pay his bills,
which were coming relentlessly.
His debts kept on accumulating and becoming
heavier and heavier to the point of destruction.
Poor Stig was so totally stressed that he started
suffering from anxiety.
Definitely he had to find a solution to this
unsurmountable and depressing situation.
Then one day he thought, “ I can’t let my bills
dominate and control my life any more.
I must create a budget immediately and give
it a priority over anything else “.
So he started cutting down all his non-essential
expenses and paid back as many debts as he could.
Then he started focusing on the things that made
him feel comfortable and satisfied.
Gradually he stopped worrying so much about
his lack of funds and began taking his life more
He was finally able to use his stress to his advantage,
something which made him feel calmer, more
peaceful and much more relaxed.
Stress is a normal reaction to a challenge.
It affects all people but in different ways.
A number of studies have found that chronic
and intense stress is very harmful to our
health, and can cause illness and constant
As expected, most healthy individuals
endure stress in different ways.
This is mainly due to their individual genetic
predisposition, and their very personal
psychological factors like, thinking positively
Also, according to research as long as your
stress is only a brief episode, it can be very
beneficial to your overall health.
Consequently, moderate and short-term
stress can bring about the following:
a) It increases your brain power due to the
b) It builds up your immunity temporarily
due to the release of cortisol.
c) It improves your resilience to appreciate
life’s difficult situations and handle a crisis
in a better and more effective way.
d) It motivates you to succeed in your
e) It enhances your memory due to the body’s
response to the stressor.
f) It improves your alertness and learning,
as well as your general performance.
In today’s life stress has become an obsession.
Every minute everywhere, you hear about stress,
its causes and harmful effects, and consequently
But the ingenious thing here is to be able to handle
it effectively and keep it under your full control.
Then you have to consider how to turn it into an
asset and use it to your advantage.
Here are the three basic ways for you to achieve
1) View the physical symptoms of your stress
in a positive way.
Feel grateful that you have reached this stage
to feel so very ready for anything.
2) Analyse your fears and acknowledge that you
feel anxious only for a very specific reason, which
you can handle effectively.
3) Realise that stress is rarely a reality.
So embrace this emotion, and accept that it
is a very normal reaction to the challenge you
have to face.
A very important endeavour is to
increase your ability to handle your stress,
which will make you feel much more
confident and self-assured.
If you manage to raise your stress tolerance
point, you will feel more positive, and then
you will actually appreciate and enjoy your
day to day challenges.
a) Be an optimist
Whenever you feel stressed, instead of only
focusing on your difficult situation, make
an attempt to find a new opportunity this
difficulty or problem is creating for you.
b) Forest for the trees
Step back and see the full picture.
Frame your stress, consider carefully and
decide whether you should start paying
less attention to it.
c) Take a break
Give your body a chance to recover from
the negative effects your stress is causing
Try to relax using any hobbies or interests
you have as well as a good night’s sleep.
In this way you will be able to cope better
with your stresses next time.
Stress is not the enemy.
It is a call for action.
Being stressed is showing you that
you have reached the stage where
you need to make crucial changes to
your life in order to continue.
The key is balance.
Trust it and design the life you want.