- prone /prohn/
- minimize /MIN-uh-mahyz/
- refrain /ri-FREYN/
- associate /uh-SOH-shee-eyt/
- perspective /per-SPEK-tiv/
- pandemic /pan-DEM-ik/
[adjective] likely to experience a particular problem more often than is usual
People who are prone to aggression can be dangerous.
[verb] to reduce something to the least possible level or amount
Minimize unnecessary bad thinking habits in order to obtain positive effects.
[verb] to avoid doing or stop yourself from doing something
Refrain from using smartphones every night to avoid sleepless nights.
[verb] to connect someone or something in your mind
She associates herself with people who can inspire her.
[noun] a particular way of viewing things that depends on one’s experience and personality
You have to gain a positive perspective in life to see the good in it.
[adjective] existing in almost all of an area or in almost all of a group of people
This pandemic is making life hard for a lot of people.
The coronavirus is greatly affecting the lives of everyone around the world, not just in terms of health risk possibilities but also in reducing the chance of daily income. We are all aware that stress makes our bodies weak and susceptible against the virus.
Research says that 43 percent out of 30,000 Americans are more prone to death just by constantly thinking about the agony and anxiety of stress. This leads to a different case with those individuals who don’t see stress as life-threatening. Their mindset makes them physically and mentally last longer. Thus, there are three steps that may alter our reaction and minimize the harmful effects of stress.
Step 1: Acknowledge your stress
This is the first step to make your stress work for you. Basically, if we acknowledge our stress, the fear that it brings us will eventually be moved to a more thoughtful and deliberate way of thinking. Refrain yourself thinking about something that might stress you, and you will definitely notice that our brains help us to avoid thinking of those stressful things. This step will help you understand what’s causing you stress.
Step 2: Own your stress
The second step is to accept or own your stress. Maybe you are thinking, “Why would we want to welcome stress into our lives, especially during a pandemic?”. Actually, by owning our stress, we can associate it with positive motivation or the value behind our stress. But, if we are trying to avoid our stress, we detach ourselves from the things that are valuable to us.
Step 3: Use your stress
Knowing the values behind your stress leads you to the last and the most important step: The more you use your stress, the more you will attach yourself to the things that you value the most and will help you achieve your goals. Think of ways on how you will change your response to your stress so that you will know what are your goals and your purpose.
You have to train your mind to handle things with a mentally healthy perspective. Because in most cases, stress stems from the mindset. That is why you should gain leverage despite the current pandemic by keeping in mind these three simple steps. It may help you in being prepared, being aware, and also being reflective of your own pace.
- According to the article, how many percent of Americans are more prone to death just by thinking about the anxiety of stress?
- What is the first step to make your stress work for you?
- How can we associate stress with positive motivation?
- In the article, why is it important to know the value of your stress?
- According to the article, what is the reason why you need to use your stress?
- Which part of the article do you find helpful for you? Why?
- Do you know other steps that might be helpful to make your stress work for you? Please share.
- Do you think these steps will help you have a healthy perspective amid the pandemic? Please explain.
- How do you help yourself to stay calm during this kind of situation we are facing today? Please discuss.
- In your own opinion, what are the factors that cause stress? Kindly elaborate.