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4 Serious Yet Simple Ways to Thrive not just Survive Under Pressure


1. Be driven by purpose

Life throws so many ways and means to be diverted from our life’s purpose at us. The day to bustle, the need to pay bills, feed our families. But if we focus too much on the day to day without looking at what drives us, what would be a day like where we can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning, we find ourselves just plodding through getting from hour to hour and day to day. With purpose, life becomes an exciting adventure, and can help inform all of our important life choices. If you know your life’s purpose, great! Live it, breath it everyday and make sure everything you do revolves around being purpose driven. If you don’t know your life’s purpose, don’t freak out, but do be eager and passionate about finding your purpose. Make it your purpose to find purpose. By being purpose driven, you will also stop sweating the small stuff and realise that challenges and high pressure times such as exams and end of semester assignments are just obstacles that bring you closer to fulfilling your purpose.


2. Surround Yourself with the Right People
Surrounding yourself with the right people is critical to helping you thrive. The “ wrong” people can bring you down, can drain your energy ( and sometimes divert you from your purpose), and can make challenging situations all the more challenging. So as much as possible, try and surround yourself with people that inspire and uplift rather than those that bring you down or drain you with negativity. If you can’t avoid completely being in the presence of negative people, try and minimise your contact with them as much as possible, and remember that their negativity or toxic behaviour says more about them than you. This is more important than ever during exam time


3.Watch your internal dialogue

Speak unto yourself as you would have others speak unto you. They way you speak to yourself can have a massive impact on how you react in certain situations and whether or not you get the most out of any situation, even challenging ones. Your internal dialogue is essentially your interpretation or filter of how you view what is happening around. It’s the filtering system by which we view situations, people and events, So if your internal dialogue with yourself is war, friendly and positive, you will ultimately view things in their most positive light. If your internal dialogue is negative and critical, you will view things in that light. So keeping your internal dialogue positive will make the challenging times less so and provide support to help you get through and you will thrive, not just survive. It’s kind of like always having with you your own internal empowering, supportive friend that cheers you on! We could all use one of those right?

4.Change what you can’t accept, accept what you can’t change
Change is an inevitable part of life, but how we deal with change can depend on how we recover from challenges. If something is happening to you and you can’t do anything about it, accept and embrace it, there’s a really good chance that you will learn something valuable from the experience. Resisting it, however, will only drain your energy and most likely won’t change the outcome. If something is unacceptable to you, change it or change yourself by removing yourself from it. By embracing change or removing yourself from unacceptable change 

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