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Riders on the Storm: How to Thrive in a Stressful World

Updated: Apr 12

Life these days can feel like we’re navigating through a never-ending barrage of stress and chaos.  Whether it's the relentless news cycle of doom, work pressures, or personal challenges, it's becoming all-too-easy to feel completely overwhelmed and defeated. But amidst the chaos, there are ways to not only survive… but believe it or not, also to thrive despite the craziness. It's all about adopting the right attitude and approach to weathering life's storms without letting them drown us.

First things first, let's acknowledge that stress in life... well, it's pretty much inevitable. But while it's not something we can completely eliminate, there are definitely some steps we can take to better manage it.

Let’s look at just a few…

Focus on the Physical

One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is by taking care of ourselves physically. Exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep. Sounds simple and obvious, but how many of us find ourselves sitting in front of the TV, eating too much pizza (definitely me!) and taking our stress to bed with us, resulting in way too many sleepless nights.   Taking the time to focus on our physical selves, even if only in baby steps, can go a long way in helping to reduce stress. When our bodies are strong and nourished, we're better equipped to handle whatever life throws our way.

Slow Down

It's not just about the body; we should also get in the habit of nurturing our minds. Practicing mindfulness and meditation on a regular basis can help us feel a greater sense of inner peace and clarity. These practices help us stay grounded amidst chaos, enabling us to approach life's challenges in a more calm and centered way.

Find Your Tribe

In addition to self-care, it's crucial to find or maintain a strong support network. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, who "get you" and who will be there for you when times get tough. Whether it's friends, family, or even a support group, having a community to rely on can make all the difference in how we navigate through stressful situations.

Practice Positivity

Another essential aspect of thriving in a stressful world is maintaining a positive perspective. Sure, there are plenty of reasons to feel anxious and overwhelmed, but there are also countless reasons to feel grateful and hopeful. Practice gratitude daily, focusing on the blessings in your life rather than dwelling on the negatives. And remember, no matter how dire things may seem, there is always hope. Hold onto that hope like a lifeline, knowing that brighter days are ahead.

Set Boundaries

It's also important to set boundaries and learn to say no when necessary. We can't do it all, and that's okay. Prioritize your time and energy on the things that truly matter, and let go of the rest. It's not about doing more; it's about doing what matters most.

Stop and Smell the Roses (literally!)

Lastly, don't forget to give yourself permission to take breaks and enjoy life. It's easy to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we forget to pause and simply be. Take time to do things that bring you joy and rejuvenate your spirit, whether it's going for a walk in nature, reading a good book, or spending time with loved ones.


Thriving in a stressful world is all about mindset, self-care, community, perspective, boundaries, and balance. By adopting the right attitude and approach, we can ride the storms of life with grace and resilience, emerging stronger and wiser on the other side. So, take a deep breath, embrace the challenges, and remember… you've got this!

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