There are many hard decisions to make in life, and it’s not fair. What’s even more unfair is sometimes you can’t see the future consequences, or what wrenches life has to throw at you, like car accidents or standardized tests. Fortunately, it is possible to deal with your emotions now to make yourself think clearer to make better decisions. With these 7 tips, you can make life seem more fair.
- Practice makes perfect. You’ve done this before, you can do it again. There’s nothing that is going to change this time. You don’t get nervous tying your shoes, because you’ve done it a million times. Are you scared about the upcoming test? Practice the main ideas or concepts over and over and the information will become natural.
- Create a strategy. Maybe you’re nervous for your upcoming interview. You’re not able to predict what the interviewer might ask, but what you can do is come up with a strategy on how to answer those questions. If they have to do with your shortcomings, make a story for that. If the questions are about your successes, think of a real story to talk about, and think about what questions it can answer.
- Turn nervousness into excitement. A Harvard University study found that excited individuals give better speeches than calm ones. Having a goal in mind leads to the ambition or reason why you’re going to face the hardships in the first place. You’re taking a test or interview so that you can advance your career. You’re getting your wisdom teeth taken out so that you don’t have dental problems down the road. Get pumped up, the motivated people always win in their minds.
- Frame things in a new way. If you think that your life or work is mundane, think about it from an outsider’s perspective. What critiques would you give yourself to make it better? What can you do to change it? Then go and do those things, don’t fall victim to routines or laziness. Don’t be that frog in the well.
- Take a break. Treat yourself. You’re not a robot, go live a life to remember why you’re chasing your goals. If you don’t have any, go set some during that time off. Just get yourself out of your routine so that you can think about what you want to do next. Temporarily halt your mind from going insane, let it recover a bit before you dive back in.
- Find out what calms you. You can ask friends for help on this. Have them observe what makes you happy, so you can do those activities. Sometimes you won’t realize it’s the most mundane and quirky things that make your day brighter. It could be singing in the shower, or cleaning your house, or a plethora of other things.
- Maintain a positive mentality. It’s human nature to propagate emotion: if someone starts panicking it just spreads to other members. Be a leader and take that initiative to make a stand. Be the first one to volunteer during a crisis, so that others can follow your example. Be the inspiration for others to succeed.
Do you have some tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below so that we can all get over stressful times.