Ride The Waves of Life Like a Pro: 7 Things You Need to Know

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‘You can’t stop the waves – but you can learn to surf!’

John Kabat-Zinn

I have a confession to make – until recently, despite all my years of psychology study and training, sometimes I would find myself stressing out about things – and know that I was over-reacting yet feel unable to stop the cycle of stress and worry! Has this ever happened to you?

You see it wasn’t that I didn’t understand the theory of stress management – I am a reasonably bright guy with a PhD on the topic. I think, looking back now, it was that I couldn’t simply and easily put this theory into practice when I needed it most.

Stress Management: Amateur or Pro?

Let’s face it, we all have some ability to manage the stressful waves of our lives – but there is a big difference between merely Surviving and Thriving! I would much rather learn how to Thrive amidst the Challenging Waves of Life than merely Survive! Be a ‘Pro’ rather than an ‘Amateur’.

So What Did I Do?

Simplify, simplify, simplify! If it is simple for me to understand it was easier for me to put into practice. Can becoming a ‘Pro’ at stress management become as simple to understand as traffic lights – stop on red, go on green? Well, having spent the last couple of years solving this puzzle I have found 7 simple truths that have helped me learn to ride the Waves of my Life like a Pro:

1. Not all Waves of Life are Equal Size – I needed to stop and measure the size of the current Waves in my life objectively so I didn’t sweat the small stuff! A Pro gets this right every time!
2. Prevent Wipeouts by Stopping the Stress Reaction Cycle – Stress reactions are normal but to become a Pro I needed to learn to prevent the stress reaction cycle which causes the Wipeouts of Anxiety and Depression.
3. Improving Wellbeing is about positive changes to ALL 4 Elements not just 1 or 2 – In order to turn Pro I needed to learn that Wellbeing is not just about having Healthy Mindsets but also having Healthy Approaches to Emotions, Lifestyle and Purpose as well!
4. Mindsets: Recognising & Changing Unhealthy Mindsets – I needed to switch focus – from Worry to Acceptance, from Demanding to Encouraging, from Blame to Responsibility. An amateur will only be able to change one or two negative mindsets but a Pro will be able to change all three!
5. Emotions: Safe & Healthy Approaches to Managing Emotions – I needed to manage my emotions in healthy ways keeping relaxed while Problem Solving where I could and using coping skills at other times. A Pro never makes a mistake in selecting the right strategies – Problem Solving for things that can be changed and Coping Skills for things that cannot be changed!
6. Lifestyle: A Healthy Body is linked to a Healthy Mind! – I needed to maximize my Sleep, keep Exercising, eat a Healthy Diet and stay in touch with positive Family and Friends. A Pro Balances all the Lifestyle needs constantly whilst an Amateur only gets the Balance right occasionally.
7. Purpose: They who have a Why can Endure any How! – I needed to not lose sight of the Big Picture and keep doing Small Acts of Kindness each day despite the challenges. A Pro achieves purpose in the small and big picture everyday – despite the obstacles and challenges whilst an Amateur often misses opportunities for Purpose.

When I fully understood these 7 simple truths I could quickly and easily develop a comprehensive Wellbeing Strategy to respond to any stressful waves of life – I was able to thrive in the midst of life’s challenges. And, as time progressed, and some of the bigger waves and Tsunamis of Mid-Life struck – I was able to Ride the Waves of Life like a Pro and avoid the Wipeouts!

Become a Pro at Riding the Stressful Waves of Your Life

To Ride the Waves of Your Life Like a Pro and no longer get caught in the Wipeouts of Stress and instead Thrive amidst the Challenges of Life I have turned my 20 years of study and practice into some easy to access resources for you to have in your life RIGHT NOW!

Read My Comprehensive ‘How To’ Book – with case studies and detailed information about each of the 7 points described above and simple worksheets you can use to Ride the Waves of Your Life like Pro! Book RTWL

Ride the Waves of Life!

Dr Pete

The Stress Surfer

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