No one's life is perfect 24/7. Even Victoria's Secret models have bad days. It's inevitable that once in a while a stressful situation will arise making us feel like we're about to explode, or worse fall down and sink into the gutter. It's frustrating yes, especially since often times there's little we can do about the situation itself ie.) telling your boss to shove it or screaming in tears everytime your partner's mother brings up his perfect ex-girlfriend. However, what we can do is learn how to deal with it. Work, relationships, etc. may have stress written all over them, but before you fall victim to anxiety, see how you can take things with a grain of salt.




Don’t Take It Personally.
Whatever it is that’s causing you distress, don’t doubt your capabilities or your self-worth. It's normal to have hardships—and fallbacks—so don’t assume you’re lacking in character. You are good enough: remember that and keep your head held high.

Be Self-Aware.
Being aware of your thoughts can help avoid the snowball effect that ultimately leads to stress. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff bestseller author Richard Carlson, Ph.D advises “to notice what’s happening in your head before your thoughts have a chance to build any momentum.” Once you find the source of your stress, write it down and take care of it one step at a time.

Change Your Perspective.
Sometimes even the smallest things can seem like big issues when you’re so immersed in what’s going on. Take a step back and re-evaluate the problem. Maybe it really doesn’t merit pulling one’s hair? Try to see the positive in the situation—for one, you learn something from it and another, it only makes you stronger. If you can't find the positive try to think of five things in your life you're grateful for. Even if it's as simple as the pretzel vendor giving you a smile or the man who opened the door for you at Starbuck's.