Pushing yourself a little or adding a little stress in your life doesn’t have to be bad, it can even be beneficial if it implies that thanks to that you can obtain better results in different areas of your life. Usually people already face enough stress in their lives without them having to add more to themselves, but sometimes people add more stress to themselves without realizing it.

The first step in getting relief from yourself is realizing when you might be doing things unnecessarily more difficult. Without blaming yourself for this common practice, why not learn what you can do to stop self-sabotage and be your best ally to relieve stress?  Here are some of the best ways to get the most out of your life and reduce self-imposed stress.

Difference between high performance and perfectionism

Many people acquire perfectionistic habits, not realizing that there is a better way to do everything possible without overcoming yourself along the way. Many perfectionists, at some level, believe that they need to achieve perfection because if they don’t they feel like they have failed.

Not only can this belief lead to stress, it can also lead to less success. An important first step is to recognize the difference between perfectionism and high performance and to really understand why perfectionism is more of a form of self-sabotage than an asset. When it comes to stress, “do your best” is better than “being perfect” and is healthier in the long run, too. 

Lead a full life

Leading a full life is anyone’s dream, but if you don’t have a balanced life you may feel too stressed … too long. To stop living in stress to have a full life, you should start paying attention to how you feel at the end of the day or at the end of a weekend (when you are about to start new challenges).

Take a careful look at your life to see if you have enough time to nurture relationships, exercise, get a good night’s sleep, and self-care activities on a regular basis. Taking care of yourself is essential so that you can control stress levels.

Think like a realistic optimist

It is better to be a realistic optimist than a pessimist. Many people fear positive thinking, liken it to a mental trick where you ignore important problems or valuable signs in life, and eventually make mistakes that lead to even more stress. 

Actually, realistic positive thinking – focusing on the positive without completely ignoring and not addressing problems that require an answer – can help you be more effective in your life and feel less stress. One of the best strategies you can adopt positive thinking is optimistic thinking, which is a specific pattern of thinking that you can focus your attention on the achievements that maximize your confidence and let you make your best effort in the future.

You must allow yourself to feel better

It is not healthy to refuse to feel what you feel. It’s important to find the balance between acknowledging your emotions and thinking about the things that worry you. You will have to be aware of how you feel. One way to do this is by journaling, talking to a trusted friend, or a therapist if necessary. Then you will have to carry out activities that help you find an emotional balance that allow you to move forward and achieve your goals.

Accept your weaknesses

You need to give yourself a break and don’t take things personally. Do not hold a grudge and try to see the best in people by putting yourself in other perspectives. Meditation can help you control this aspect in your mind and reduce stress in a healthy way. You can relax and improve your mood

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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