Stress Management Technique – Use the word “prefer” instead of “must” in your silent thinking to yourself


This stress management technique is one of the stress management techniques that comes up in my main article about stress management. You can read my main article about stress management here if you like.

The concept is to think in a slightly different way. Often, people say to themselves, “I must do x”. This in turn is making a demand of you that you think must be met, no matter what. This in turn is putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. By changing the words used silently in your thinking to “I prefer to do x”, it removes the demand and part of your thinking becomes “if x is not done, no big deal” and this approach can work. Using this “different switch” can help.

From personal experience, I can say that this technique does work on occasion. Why not give it a go and see if it works for you?

You can read my list of my top stress management techniques that work great today here if you like.