How to Get Over a Stressful Situation

Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC
Free yourself from a stressful situation!

Life isn't always easy, knowing how to get over a stressful situation can help you overcome many of life's challenges.

Tips on How to Get Over a Stressful Situation

When you're blindsided by one of life's hardships, you may have a difficult time picking up the pieces and moving on. You may ruminate about what has happened and feel paralyzed. As you probably already know, this does not accomplish anything and you are left feeling depressed and defeated.

Tips on how to get over a stressful situation can help you feel empowered and confident that you can deal with whatever comes your way so you can continue with life free from the paralysis of devastating circumstances.

Analyze the Situation

When you are faced with a stressful situation, step back and analyze how it happened and what you are dealing with. This will help you put things in perspective. Many times, a situation is stressful because it's overwhelming. If you can break the situation down into parts, it may be much more manageable.

Take Control of the Situation

Once you've analyzed and broken down the situation, it's time to do something with it. Figure out what you need to do to resolve what has happened. This can work with many different circumstances. If you are behind on work, you can take small tasks and complete those before moving on to others. If you are having relationship trouble, figure out what is the source of the problem and start working through that. Many times, a situation that is overwhelming and stressful is due to your lack of control over it.

Know When to Break

You can't deal with a stressful situation effectively if you are running on empty. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat and exercise. You can also use some relaxation techniques to help lower your stress levels. Taking a break will help you come back to the situation with a better perspective and more initiative to deal with it.

The Calm After the Stress

Once you've dealt with the stressful situation, you may still feel the aftermath of it. You're body may still shows signs of stress. This is the time to implement stress management techniques to lower your stress levels.

  • Self-talk

Now that you have dealt with the situation and it's resolved, tell yourself that. You may still feel like you haven't overcome the challenge, but you really have. Give yourself a pat on the back and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

  • Reward yourself

You've done so well with this stressful situation, take some time for yourself and do something you enjoy. It will help your stress levels and you will feel so much stronger afterward.

  • Recuperation

Stress is a hard job. Your body and mind has worked overtime. Get some extra sleep and rest after a stressful situation to get over it.

  • Relaxation

If you don't have time to sleep and rest, try other methods to relax such as meditation or praying, music, massage, etc.

When You Can't Get Over It

If you find yourself stuck with the ramifications of a stressful situation, you may need outside help to get over it. You may need to illicit help from a family member or friend. If you don't feel comfortable working through your problems with a loved one, you can seek help from a therapist or counselor. Seeking professional help means you receive expert guidance and advice so you can let go of the situation and finally free yourself from its stress.

How to Get Over a Stressful Situation