In today’s society, everyone is obsessed with the ‘S’ word.




“I’m so stressed out”

“It’s been a really stressful week for her”

“Getting healthy is so stressful”

“Holiday shopping stresses me out”


Many people who are constantly stressed would love the ability to have an ‘on/off’ switch.  Unfortunately, reversing the effects of stress is not immediate.  It’s a process.

Let’s face it.  Worrying happens.  But how you handle worrisome situations can improve your stress levels dramatically.


Here are some things to consider:


  1. Don’t use the word stress

Our bodies react to the words we speak.  So instead of saying, “I’m so stressed out”, try saying, “I have a lot going on.”


  1. Attach something positive to your most demanding statements

Sure.  We all have a lot going on.  However, every effort made towards a project is a small victory.  Celebrate it!  Building on our statement, let’s attach something positive and say:

“I have a lot going on…but, I’m making progress one step at-a-time.”


  1. Accept that only what’s inside of you is in your control

Your actions influence your outcomes.  However, the actual outcome itself is beyond your control.  Put your BEST effort forward and rest assured that things will work out the way they were intended to.


  1. Redefine your use of the word ‘stress’

Google’s dictionary defines the NOUN ‘stress’ as:

A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. 

Google’s dictionary defines the VERB ‘stress’ as:

Give particular emphasis or importance to…


What if we used the VERB’s definition of ‘stress’ to reshape our thinking?  We would consider stress as an opportunity to give particular emphasis or importance to something…or in other words, to focus.  When we are focused, we are most productive.

Let this encourage you to focus on something positive when you are facing adverse circumstances until the dust settles.

Here’s to a great Holiday Season!