When you are so inflexible that the slightest change to your routine sends you into a full-blown panic, you are setting yourself up for a very stressful life. Being unwilling to compromise means not only that you will have a stressful time dealing with any type of change, but also that you may often be required to defend your thoughts and your actions to others both at home and at work. This can cause even more stress in an already stressful situation.
If you can learn to be a bit more flexible and open to compromise, you will find a lot of stressful situations can be avoided. Here are five reasons why a willingness to be even a little bit flexible can help you reduce stress in your work life and your personal life.
1. Being flexible makes dealing with change less stressful.
When you’re flexible it’s much easier to switch gears and move from one task to the next with little stress. Where an inflexible person might get stressed out at leaving one task undone because they were asked to help with a last-minute project, your newfound flexibility will allow you to jump into the new project easily, and just as easily return to your own work when the crisis has passed.
2. When you’re flexible your energy is much more positive.
Unless you’re a recluse, you will have to deal with other people over the course of your life. Recognizing that change is a given when more than one person is involved, and being able to deal with it positively is a wonderful skill to have. Being flexible hones that skill, and people appreciate it when you are able to handle a change in situation without getting flustered and stressed about it.
3. Being flexible helps you deal with perfectionism (and we all know how stressful that can be)!
Learning to be flexible as well as letting go of the things you can’t change and being willing to accept that things are what they are will allow you to live a longer, and more happy life. And just in case you were wondering — there will ALWAYS be things you can’t change. The sooner you learn this, the sooner you can kiss a lot of stress goodbye.
4. A little flexibility is a good time management skill to have.
While other people are getting stressed out over last minute schedule changes, your ability to be flexible will have you checking your schedule to see where you can make changes. When you’re flexible, the reason for the changes doesn’t really matter, you just deal with them and move on.
5. Being flexible helps you stay calm in a crisis.
Learning to be flexible allows you to stay calm, and just deal with things as they happen. While others are busy stressing out around you, you’ll be staying in a positive frame of mind, feeling more confident in your ability to handle the crisis, and being a lot better off because of it.
There’s a lot to be said for bringing a little flexibility into your life. By keeping your options open and being willing to compromise when necessary, you reduce stress, are able to live more happily and in the moment. This beats worrying and stressing out over every little thing any day!