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4 Ways Successful People Stay Calm

It’s easy to become stressed and overwhelmed in the modern workplace and in life. Whether you attribute it to longer work weeks (Americans employed full-time work an average of 47 hours per week), the fact that we’re connected through digital devices, or any other factor, our collective stress levels are on the rise.

24 percent of Americans reported high stress in 2015, an increase from 18 percent in 2014. Many successful people develop ways to stay calm, which enables them to handle stressful situations more effectively. Here are four specific techniques to implement into your life.

1. Appreciate What You Have Right Now

One of the biggest reasons people are unhappy is because they’re always seeking more. It’s a natural human compulsion to want beyond what we currently have and always think the grass is greener on the other side.

Rather than having a scarcity mindset where you focus on what you’re lacking, appreciate what you have right now. This breeds feelings of contentment and a calmer demeanor.

2. Don’t Get Caught Up in “What if” Scenarios

Always thinking “what if” tends to lead to feelings of regret. It’s an unhealthy way to live and is futile because you can’t change the past. What’s done is done, so there’s no point of stressing yourself out over “what if” scenarios. Successful people release their shortcomings and learn from their mistakes so they can apply that knowledge to make the most of future events.

3. Unplug/Disconnect Each Day or During a Vacation

Technology is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it allows us to be far more efficient and accomplish more than was ever conceivable. On the other hand, it can create unnecessary stress because it will infiltrate our lives 24/7 if we allow it.

Instead of enjoying your day off or vacation time, you’re glued to your smartphone dealing with work-related matters, news, social media, etc. A better, healthier approach is to disconnect and be fully present in the moment. This allows you to completely unwind and create a calmer mental state.

4. Stay Positive as Much as Possible

Although it’s unrealistic to be positive 100 percent of the time, you should make a conscious effort to develop a positive mindset. Adopt a glass half full view of the world and you’ll get more out of life. This also sets the stage for good things to happen.

Much of achieving success and staying calm is mental. Following these four techniques should help you quiet your mind and develop a more tranquil approach to life, which can inevitably contribute to your own personal success.

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