How To Use Your Perception To Manage Stress
If you’re reading this blog post and following this website, chances are, you would like to have better ways to manage stress and a better quality of life for yourself.
You want to keep yourself mentally fit against the many disturbances stress can cause and you care about improving yourself on a regular basis.
Many of us share those goals in life, but how many times do we stop to think of the effect our perception has on our ability to achieve these goals?
I won’t go into the exact metaphysics of how all of this works in daily life right now (for an idea, check out: Live Life Abundantly and there’s more coming up!), but let’s just suffice the stress management strategy your’re looking for to say this:
“Whatever your current objectives are, know that you have the power to determine your attitude, which is what will determine your overall success. It’s your capacity to choose your attitude which then defines your perception. And it is your perception which ultimately shapes your reality.”
How Does Your Perception Shape Your Reality?
If you perceive your reality with the negative thoughts, resulting in negative words, then your perceived reality gives you a negative attitude toward the object of your perception. It is this perception that makes it more difficult to find the solution or the success, in that perceived reality of negativity.
Which Stress Management Technique Works Best?
Many times, without being consciously aware of it, you just might inadvertently open the door for stress instead of consciously choosing effective stress management strategies. Let’s take a look at an example of this theory in action:
You’re waiting on line at the supermarket, which is packed, and the line you’re waiting on seems to be moving slower than the other lines.
A. See which line looks faster and plan a path to get there through the traffic of the supermarket so that you can finish your errand in the most time efficient manner.
B. Figure that getting to that “faster moving lane” is no guarantee that the other lane is going to keep moving faster, then use the time spent waiting in the line to mind map a great weekend for yourself or a new project you’re working on.
Both are plausible choices, so which would you choose?
Most often, if we are pressed for time, we might think situation A could be the best choice, but how many times have you done that just to find that the person right in front of you on the faster moving lane that you made the mad dash for has chosen to pay in cash, is looking for exact change (and the coins that they can’t seem to find) and even more, has chosen products which the cashier has to look up by hand because the price tags are wrong!
I guess we would just call that Murphy’s Law, but even still, this can be awfully frustrating when it happens during a time when you’re doing your best to be time efficient. (Which, strangely enough, always seems to be the time when things like that happen!)
The Role Of Perception In Stress Management
In order to effectively manage stress in all areas of your life, it’s really helpful to decide up front which type of attitude you want to carry with you throughout each day. By making this a conscious choice on a daily basis, you will find it easier to manage stress with a more effective perception of reality that you consciously choose, with awareness and direction, instead of falling into old habits. .
Stress Management is more obviously understood as something to practice at work or with your family, in order to keep from getting angry with others. But stress management strategies are so much more because they are the keys to living your life free of tension in any situation. These are the strategies that you need when it comes to enhancing the overall quality of your life. For example, even positive self-talk would be a great exercise you can do while waiting on the line at the supermarket. Combining words like those with your mind mapping of the project or your great weekend plans will help keep you on track with a positive attitude. (And make waiting on the line a lot easier.)
Try this little exercise in altering your perception the next time you find yourself feeling frustrated with “waiting on line at the supermarket”. I also invite you to use this as a metaphor for tons of situations that provoke feelings of tension.
I struggle with this myself and need to always remind myself that in the moment that my perception has placed a shadow over reality, it’s a lot harder to find the right attitude. But the right attitude is always there for the taking. What’s more, if I don’t reach out for the right attitude, the wrong perception can actually carry over into the following activities, placing a shadow over them, as well.
Effective Stress Management Strategies:
A Practical Example To Help Yourself Remember Your Options
How many times have you thought you were late, just to get there and find out that everyone else was just arriving at the same time that you were? (Yep, maybe they were on line at the supermarket, too!)
So as it ends up, you find that you rushed and huffed and puffed for nothing.
That’s what we call “unnecessary stress”, but it happens when our perception on the reality of “the line at the supermarket” is deemed bad, which then shapes our attitude, mood and disposition.
But the good news is that you can change that by changing your perception toward the stressful situations and applying healthy, effective stress management strategies which will keep your attitude positive and your success in anything, on track!
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