There are endless tips and tricks to mitigate the effects of stress, but what if you could shift your stress mindset altogether? A technique called “adding the opposite” can help you do just that, writes Lea McLeod, founder of The Job Success Lab.
She shares three ways “adding the opposite” can help you subtract stress.
- Shift your focus. Stress often results from things not going your way or from feeling like something is out of your control. Focus on the opposite and think about all the things that went your way during the day. Did you get a compliment or finish all of the items on your to-do list? Write down all the things that made you feel good and then describe why. This will help you to feel more empowered and less stressed.
- Envision the opposite. Often when we anticipate a stressful situation, the act of envisioning the situation results in piling on unnecessary, imagined stress. To alleviate the imagined stress, change how you think. For example, if you anticipate lots of traffic, add the opposite by imagining clear streets and green lights.
- Confront the stressor. If your stress stems from a person—for example, your boss—make it a point to face him head-on.
The key here is to shift your conversation from confrontational to solution-oriented. So if your boss continuously emails you with last-minute assignments, talk to him about how the two of you can work together to find a solution to this stress-inducing problem.
— Adapted from “The Secret to Managing Stress: Adding the Opposite,” Lea McLeod, The Daily Muse.