Positive Thinking and Stress Management

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Running head: POSITIVE THINKING AND STRESS MANAGEMENT

Positive Thinking and Stress Management

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Stress is an unavoidable consequence of our daily life. Especially in today’s social environment, People have to face numerous challenges and responsibilities in both of their workplaces and family relations. These challenges and responsibilities usually become the sources of the stress which are often hard to get rid of. Since we cannot eliminate the stress in our daily life, we have to learn how to deal with it. My stress management approach includes positive thinking and regular physical exercise. I strongly believe that learning to handle stress through positive thinking will help me prosper in a stressful and fiercely competitive world. Physical exercise helps me effectively release the mental pressure from work, keeps me fit and healthy and makes me feel more energized and powerful to face the upcoming challenges. The above two methods have greatly improved my mental toughness and physical toughness and have equipped me with deeper capacity to cope with stress.

Positive Thinking and Stress Management

Stress is an unavoidable consequence of our daily life. It becomes a major issue for the working professionals in today’s competitive world. Knowing how to deal with stress and effectively manage it will not only benefit people for their career development, but also improve their quality of life in many different ways. In order to find out how to cope with stress, we need to first understand the definition of stress and what causes it. Stress is a psychological reaction to the demands inherent in a stressor that has the potential to make a person feel tense or anxious. (Johns & Saks, 7th edition, P456) Stressor usually refers to environmental events or conditions that have the potential to make a person feel tense or anxious. (Johns & Saks, 7th edition, P456) In today’s social environment, people have to face many challenges and fulfill numerous responsibilities in both of their workplaces and family relations. These challenges and responsibilities usually become the sources of the stress (i.e. stressors) which are often hard to get rid of. When people encounter some events in their life which are likely to cause sense of stress, everybody will have different responses called Stress Reactions. Stress Reactions refer to the behavioural, psychological and physiological consequences of stress which involves either direct confrontation with the stressor or the passive responses of simply reducing the anxiety generated by stress. (Johns & Saks, 7th edition, P456) From my own perspective, I prefer to confront stressors directly. The main stressor to me is the challenges that I constantly have to face during my career development. I work in the financial services industry which is one of the most competitive in the world. It is almost impossible to eliminate the stress we encounter in our daily work, so I have to learn how to deal with it. My unique way of coping with stress includes two aspects: think positively and exercise frequently. I found that these two methods are very effective at improving my mental and physical toughness and helping me overcome the stressful emotions in my workplace and realize the full potential of my career developments. Hans Selye, the famous stress physiologist said in 1956: “Stress are not necessarily something bad, it all depends on how you take it. The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial, while that of failure, humiliation or infection is detrimental.” Stress is the stimulus for all growth. Stress is not to be feared, avoided, or eliminated. On the contrary, stress is the vehicle through which dreams of great achievements and personal breakthrough become reality. (Loehr, 1997 P145) To me those statements are very true. Stress can sometime push me to excel in ways I thought unachievable if I manage it properly and turn it into a positive energy at...
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