How to Stop Stress Before It Takes Control Of Your Thoughts

How to Stop Stress Before It Takes Control Of Your Thoughts

I was in the middle of writing this week’s article when something happened that changed my direction…..

A situation occurred that required some serious stress managing & I felt I needed to share a critical LifeTool I used!

First, let me tell you about the situation:

I did a stress management workshop 3 days ago at the NJALA state conference. It went GREAT! I felt honored to be there with them.

The stress situation came up today, when I went to work on a project & couldn’t find my USB drive. Suddenly, I realized the last time I had it in my hands….at the workshop 3 days ago!

As I felt the blood rush through my head, my 1st thought was, “Oh my God, what am I going to do?”. My 2nd thought was “I can’t believe I did that, how stupid.” Tears started to come to my eyes when I thought about all the work I had on that drive…. presentations, manuscripts, articles, even some pictures. I started to get mad – at myself – for violating my rule of safely traveling with the drives all together in their case & not making a back up.

Then I caught myself.

The ‘old me’ would have just kept on fueling those thoughts & actually making myself physically sick. I used to get ‘stress migraines’.

Instead, I reached for one of the most powerful tools I have – this sentence:
“It could be worse…. (Then you identify the way it could be worse) The more the better!

Here’s what mine were:
“It could be worse, I could have lost all 3 drives.”
“It could be worse, I could have had to start completely from scratch.”

While this tool doesn’t eliminate stress completely – it does help get your brain turned around, heading in a more positive direction, & not fueling the stress!

~ Take Control Of Stress ~

About Carol Rickard, LCSW

Carol Rickard is stress & wellness expert who teaches people how to take control of anxiety and stress in as little as 60 seconds using a groundbreaking system she developed during her 30 years of clinical practice. She's been a featured expert in media including Readers Digest, Woman's World Magazine, and Dr. Oz's The Good Life. Carol has trained organizations such as NJ State Police, Philadelphia International Airport, Princeton University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and US Department of Energy. Want To Cut Anxiety & Stress In 1/2? Go to -

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