3 Inspiring Ways To Use Stress As A Catalyst for Growth

We have more power than we realize.

Learning to use stress as a catalyst for growth isn’t always easy, but it is doable, one small step at a time.

Here are three ways to foster monumental growth from stressful situations:

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1. Practice an attitude of gratitude.

We can’t always control outside circumstances, but we do have a choice in how we respond.

That’s one of the reasons why an attitude of gratitude can rapidly impact which options we believe are available to us, and which are not.

If we aren’t grateful for what we have, why would we appreciate more?

Here are some ideas to inspire more gratitude:

  • Start a gratitude journal. Try writing down three things at the end of each day for which you are grateful. Once you condition your mind to see situations through the lens of appreciation, it becomes easier to identify opportunities for growth.
  • Help others and be part of something bigger than yourself. Whether it’s through volunteer work, championing a cause, or whatever else allows you to serve and create joy, do what inspires you to feel more appreciative of the power to affect your world in positive ways.
  • Practice acceptance of yourself and others. Start to view self-acceptance as something to be nurtured and grown. The more that we bring this skill into our day-to-day lives, the more it becomes a habit and ultimately, a new reality.

2. Take responsibility for your own feelings.

No one can make you feel anything. It sounds trite, but it’s true.

It’s liberating to realize that how we deal with circumstances is essentially our own choice; we cannot control the actions of others, but we can change our response from one of frantic stress to that of calm acceptance.

For example, if something makes you angry, notice the feeling while letting go of any assumptions or judgments.

3. Develop solution-focused coping methods.

Solution-focused coping methods emphasize finding a resolution to situational stressors. Essentially you begin the process by changing what you can, and letting the rest go as much as possible.

These types of coping methods can be very effective for stress relief; often a small change is all that’s required to make a huge shift in how you feel.

Working out strategies to cope with daily stressors can help to transform a life fraught with stress and anxiety to one that is interesting and enjoyable.

You are worthwhile, worthy of respect, and deserve great kindness.

This is my 16th piece for the Illumination 30-day writing challenge detailed by Dr Mehmet Yildiz in this post.

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