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How to turn your stress into success

Munira Rangwala
8th Sep 2017
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Is work stress getting to you? Do you believe that your anxiety is holding you back from being the best version of yourself? It doesn't have to be that way. Sure, most of the time stress is unavoidable, but if you properly manage your stress, you'll be able to turn it into something positive. The first step in getting the better of your stress is by identifying your stress factors and the degree of its affect. When you have a better understanding of your source of anxiety, you can channel your stress positively to get things done.

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Here are a few simple ways in which you can use your stress to be productive.

Instead of getting stressed, get excited

Do you have an important presentation to make which will require you to burn the midnight oil? Instead of working yourself up into a fit, pump yourself up to give the task your best shot. Rather than being, “I'm so stressed about making the presentation.”, try “Let’s make this an exciting presentation and see how it turns out!” When you encourage yourself to look at the glass half-full instead of half-empty, you topple your stress from taking control.

Channel your anxiety into hard work

According to David Barlow, founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, "Without anxiety, little would be accomplished." Most employers believe that a little amount of stress is good for their employees as that pushes them to work hard. When you find a healthy way to channel your stress into being productive, you put yourself in the race for the next promotion.

Turn your stress into savings and investments

If you are prone to anxiety, you probably worry about your future more than you should. This means that you start securing your future financially. Allow your stress to build you that much-needed rainy day funds for emergency purposes or aggressively saving for your retirement. You can reap the benefits of your investments over time.

Use your stress to become more creative

You must have been told over and over again that one of the best ways to beat stress is by taking up a hobby you love. Be it painting or pottery, use these activities as outlets for your stress and before you know it you'll be able to channel your stress with your creativity.

Write a blog about your stress

If you're a writer, you can channel your stress into your blogs. Write about things that cause you anxiety and how you deal with it, you are bound to have several takers facing a similar predicament – that's a huge potential audience. And if your blog takes off, you might just find your true calling, all thanks to your grit to deal with your stress and daily tribulations.

Don't allow stress to push you over the edge. Instead, allow it to make you more productive and you'll feel the change in your personal as well as professional life.

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