How to Convert Stress to Peace

How to Convert Stress to Peace
How to Convert Stress to Peace

For the third night in a row, you find yourself anxiously tossing and turning in your bed. Wide-eyed, you can’t stop thinking about a looming deadline at work, the leak in your roof, and your mother-in-law’s impending visit. If you don’t go to sleep soon, you’ll need to down several cups of coffee in the morning in order to stay awake during your commute to work. Can you relate to this common, troubling scenario? If stress is your constant companion, consider incorporating the following ways to practice peace into your daily life.

  • Eliminate Unrealistic Expectations
  • Forgive Others
  • Forgive Yourself
  • Smile More
  • Resist the Urge to Control Others
  • Begin Each Day with Peace

“Forgiving someone will allow your heart to heal by removing the hurt and replacing it with peace.”

1. Eliminate Unrealistic Expectations

Do you frequently set unrealistic expectations for yourself? For instance, you might pledge to lose 100 pounds by July on New Year’s Day. Or, you may promise your kid you’ll be at his or her soccer game when you’re fairly certain you won’t be finished at the office in time. Constantly setting the bar unreasonably high can make you feel disappointed, defeated, and insignificant when you don’t meet your lofty goals. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, develop realistic, short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Then, work hard to accomplish them. Whenever you achieve an objective, celebrate your triumph.

2. Forgive Others

Do you struggle letting go of past mistakes made by others? By refusing to forgive someone, you’re not harming him or her. However, holding a grudge against someone can leave you in a constant state of unnecessary stress. Despite what someone in the past may have done to you, take the needed to steps to forgive him or her today. Forgiving someone will allow your heart to heal by removing the hurt and replacing it with peace.

3. Forgive Yourself

Are you your harshest critic? Do you dwell on every mistake you make until your stomach feels like its twisted in knots? No one is perfect, you, me, and everyone else on the planet included. Forgiving yourself will allow you to enjoy the present while looking forward to the future. Making peace with your past is a great start to living a happier, healthier life.

4. Smile More

Unfortunately, you can’t control all situations in your life. However, you have the power to decide how you will react to them. Rather than wearing a frown when things aren’t going your way, strive to smile more. Beloved comedian Phyllis Diller said, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” You might be amazed at how much your mood improves by simply lifting the corners of your mouth up.

5. Resist the Urge to Control Others

Do you often seek to control the people you have ongoing relationships with? For instance, you might always scold your significant other when he or she throws a dirty pair of socks on the floor. Or, you may engage in a mini-meltdown your kid wants to wear a baggy pair of shorts to school. Attempting to control others’ behaviors can lead to continual conflicts in your relationships. Accept those you love for who they are, idiosyncrasies and all. Aim to love them more while judging them less.

6. Begin Each Day with Peace

To prevent stress from pervading your life, approach each, new day with thankfulness and peace. Consider beginning your morning with a peaceful activity such as:

  • Listening to the birds sing while sipping a cup of coffee on your front porch
  • Reading a few, inspirational quotes
  • Watching a sitcom you enjoyed viewing when you were a kid
  • Kissing your significant other
  • Watching your kids sleep

Stress has an undeniable way of dampening both your productivity and happiness. Thankfully, eliminating stress isn’t an impossibility. If you’re ready to start your journey to a more peaceful existence, consider adhering to one or more of the aforementioned tips today.


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  3. It’s so weird because when I read the very first sentence the last 3 days it caught my eye. Because the last 3 days I’ve been crying I’ve been depressed and I’ve been blaming other people instead of realizing it was me. When traumatic things happen to you you tend to put them in your subconscious and lock them away and I was having a severely bad day and had a really bad panic attack, suddenly it hit me like a bolt of lightning right in the forehead what was going on I haven’t figured this out for years because I chose to forget about it. And everything I just read is exactly the stuff I’m dealing with and the panic attack had just happened I had just talked to my boyfriend on the phone and then I opened my email and it was on the very top kind of like it was screaming at me. I believe things like this happen for a reason and I was at a Breaking Point and I am so thankful I got this email. Because when a person tends to self sabotage they’re happy life and they don’t know why and they try to blame others and I wasn’t realizing that it was me doing it to myself because of what had happened to me in my past stuff I locked away and never dealt with. I almost lost the best thing that ever happened to me and I remember when I was younger 19 and 20 that I met two really nice guys after my boyfriend had died when I was 18 and I was scared to have feelings because of the loss that I felt when I lost him. So when I started dating the first guy I started having strong feelings and I started getting scared so we would talk when we very first met so I knew exactly what trigger points to push to get him to leave me even though that’s not what I wanted but I was so scared of losing someone again that I destroyed that relationship without even realizing I was doing it. And then the second guy same thing such a nice guy started having feelings started getting scared we talked about things and his fiance had cheated on him so I knew what to do to sabotage that because I was scared of loss. And now I’m 45 and for over 10 years I was in a very abusive relationship and almost felt like I deserved it like it was my punishment for what happened to my high-school sweetheart. My current boyfriend is the most amazing man I’ve ever met and again without realizing it I started falling in love I’ve never been this happy in my life and we talked and he told me what was toxic to him in a relationship which was jealousy so what did I do as soon as I started feeling that feeling and being scared of losing him to death I subconsciously started doing things he told me that would ruin our relationship did it without even knowing I was doing it. And he would get mad at me and I’d be like I didn’t even do anything because I wasn’t really realizing that’s what I was doing so thank you so much for sending this to me it’s the answer to my prayers. I always feel things and God work in mysterious ways and right when I needed this the most it came thank you again.

  4. I wake up reading a few verses in the bible thanks for the advice glory be the God ,God is good thanks once again Amen

    • I really feel great after reading your articule its so on the button it jus felt good while I read it like something actually came to me like peace , Look let me put it thes way sible mother of 4 boys raised last 3 first one raised by his grandmother from the ages of 30 to 27, 18, 5, I’m 47 although I don’t look I’m toled and grateful for that gift every minute of the day, everyday. aug 9 , my dob. leo full blown . right passing cusp.i put it lol…but I dislike writing my replys I have never in the past ever give a 5 star unless well given I do not know you personally who ever wrote this but know I absolutely do . and I m grateful for you everyday now , bless you

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