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How to Handle Stress Better: Tips for a Healthier Mindset

How you think about stress REALLY matters.

Turns out, there’s a huge difference between:

“Ugh, why does everything in my life have to be so HARD!?”


“This sucks, but I can learn and grow from it.”

Research shows that people with healthier stress mindsets cope better when confronted with stressors.

And progress may take WAY less time than you might think, according to a study published in Emotion.

The scientists found that right after people did a short journaling exercise, they immediately - and for two weeks after - experienced a better attitude about stress. Want to try a similar experiment? Do one of these visualization activities:

  • Come up with a list of common stressors and write down what someone might learn from them.

  • Imagine the top three stressors you think you’ll deal with in the next month. Then detail how you might tackle them and grow from them.

  • Spend five minutes jotting down what was most stressful for you in the past week and the positives that came from that stress (no matter how small).

It's important to understand that changing our mindset isn't easy and requires continuous reinforcement over time to make it a permanent part of our thinking. We all need support and encouragement along the way, and that's perfectly okay.

Remember to be kind to yourself and keep pushing forward towards your goals!


Keech JJ, Hagger MS, Hamilton K. Changing stress mindsets with a novel imagery intervention: A randomized controlled trial. Emotion. 2021 Feb;21(1):123–36. PMID: 31566399


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