Here are two quick secrets to overcoming stress. The first secret is that the more you focus on what you can’t control, the worse it gets. Think of yourself dealing with a ticket agent at the airport. Your flight has been delayed. You are so upset you yell and shout at the man at the counter. You know this is not helping, and, it’s actually making matters worse. Not only are you stressing yourself out, but also, that employee you’re yelling at is in a position to help you. The second secret to overcoming stress is that the more your focus on what you can control, the less the things that do bother you actually do bother you. Does that make sense? Here’s an example. I work out on a treadmill and totally zone out so the time goes by faster. Once in a while, I have someone on the treadmill next to me who flips through his or her magazine like a maniac. It drives me nuts and I find it distracting. I make myself focus on something—anything other than my neighbor. This tip on how to control your thoughts can help lower your stress because it is easy to do, it’s immediate, and it can work in so many situations.
Bottom line: Focus on what you can control, not what you can't control.
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