They say life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.
It’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us – it’s familiar territory. But what’s groundbreaking is taking control and not letting our fleeting emotions affect how we show up in the world.
When we’re stressed, our emotions are ruling our thoughts. Our ability to calm down is clouded by the emotional response we’re experiencing.
The good news is that we have the power to overcome stress and move through the emotions that may be clouding our judgment.
So today, I want to share with you 5 reminders to empower you when you’re feeling stressed out.
5 reminders to empower you when you’re stressed
1. Calmness is your superpower.
“Your strength is in your calmness, in the clarity of your mind. Strength comes from putting the negative aside without reacting.” – Yogi Amrit Desai
A calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. You have the power, always. Even when you’re so stressed you could literally cry.
Take a deep breath and make a conscious choice to not let anything or anyone control your thoughts. Reclaim your power back.You have all you need inside to feel empowered.
It’s about making the switch and choosing to remain calm in the midst of all the chaos that may be going on in your world. Remember, you choose what you let in. Let things go, and begin again.
2. It’s okay to say no. You have full control over your decisions.
“By saying yes when you need to say no, you cripple the most important relationship in your life: the relationship between you and you.” – Nea Joy
Think about what exactly is stressing you out. Are you juggling a job, school, and a social life? Are you overwhelmed with work and constant deadlines? Do you feel that no one is chipping in at home?
Ask yourself what is absolutely necessary and get rid of the rest. What can you take a step back from right now? What can you say no to? Remind yourself that your needs are important too and that there’s always something you can do to feel less stressed.
Don’t let your circumstances rule you, you have full control over what you take on, what matters, and what doesn’t.
Read this next: How to Say No Politely to Reduce Stress in Your Life
3. This too shall pass.
“Nothing is permanent in this world, not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin
Think back to a few years or months ago when you were going through a rough time and wondered how you would ever come out of it.
You’re here reading this article, trying to better yourself, and stronger than ever, aren’t you? We need to give ourselves more credit.
Just because it’s been a trying day, week or month, doesn’t mean it’s a bad life. Remember there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. You will overcome it. Tomorrow is a new day with a fresh start.
Life is constantly changing, and we can change along with it. Change how you respond to things when dealing with stress. Understand that this is not a permanent emotion, let yourself feel it, let it go and onwards you go.
4. Every emotion is here to teach us but they don’t define us.
“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” – Eckhart Tolle
Become a “gentle observer” of your emotions. Find the lessons in what you’re feeling and let the lessons empower you.
Every emotion tells us something about our inner experience that we may be reflecting in our outer world. See stress as a sign that you need to put on the brakes or do something differently.
You’re not your emotions. You’re not your thoughts. Thoughts and emotions alone are not what cause you to feel overwhelmed and unhappy.
It’s when you identify and attach yourself to them that the struggle comes in.
5. What you focus on grows.
“Don’t get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today.” – Joel Osteen
If you’re constantly attaching yourself to the idea of how stressed you are, the more that feeling expands. Your energy goes where your focus goes.
So instead, focus on how you want to feel – calm, relaxed, content and positive.
Steer your thoughts into a more positive state of mind. Be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t.
Bring awareness to when your thoughts are going somewhere you don’t want them to go and choose to let go of worries and negative thoughts that are bringing you down.
Read this next: How to Start Your Day With a Positive Mindset
With the help of these reminders, make the choice to reclaim your peace of mind. The more you expand your mind and open yourself up to calmness, the less stress will take a toll on you physically, mentally and emotionally.
Now tell me … which reminder will you have on repeat this week? Let me know in the comments below!