How to Change Your Mindset to Beat Chronic Stress

March 21, 2024

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Stress has become an almost inescapable part of our fast-paced lives, and it can take a toll on our physical and mental well-being when left unchecked. Chronic stress, in particular, is a persistent state of stress that can have detrimental effects on our health, relationships, and overall quality of life. 

The good news is that we can learn to manage chronic stress more effectively by changing our mindset.

This blog post will explore the concept of mindset and its powerful role in managing chronic stress. We’ll discuss a few practical techniques for cultivating a growth-focused, iterative mindset and developing resilience, empowering you to take control of your stress and live a happier, healthier life.

What is Chronic Stress?

Chronic stress is a prolonged state of physical and psychological tension that can arise from various sources, such as: 

  • Work-related stress (heavy workload, long hours, job insecurity)
  • Financial worries (debt, unemployment, lack of savings)
  • Relationship problems (conflicts, divorce, caregiving responsibilities)
  • Major life changes (moving, job change, loss of a loved one)
  • Chronic health conditions or illnesses
  • Traumatic experiences (abuse, violence, accidents)
  • Lack of work-life balance or social support
  • Negative self-talk and pessimistic thinking patterns
  • Unhealthy coping mechanisms (substance abuse, overeating, etc.)


It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, which may include: 


  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory problems
  • Headaches or muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia or oversleeping)
  • Digestive issues (e.g., constipation, diarrhea)
  • Changes in appetite (overeating or loss of appetite)
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Depression or feelings of hopelessness
  • Low self-esteem or lack of motivation
  • Weakened immune system and frequent illnesses


If you’re experiencing several of these signs and symptoms on a regular basis, it may be an indication that you’re dealing with chronic stress. If left unaddressed, chronic stress can have severe consequences on both physical and mental health.1 

While we can’t always change our life situations to be less stressful, we can change how we view and respond to those stressors.

The Power of Mindset

Mindset plays a pivotal role in how we perceive and respond to stressors in our lives. At Fresh Tri, we believe in the concept of an iterative, growth-focused mindset, which is the belief that we can develop and improve our abilities and behaviors through effort and perseverance. This mindset empowers us to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth rather than viewing them as insurmountable obstacles.

In contrast, a fixed mindset implies that our abilities are static and unchangeable, leading to a tendency to avoid challenges out of fear of failure. 

By adopting an iterative mindset, we can cultivate a more positive and proactive approach to stress management.

Techniques to Change Your Mindset

Changing your mindset is a journey, and there are several techniques you can employ to cultivate a more positive and resilient mindset:

  • Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness practices can help you become more attuned to your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, enabling you to respond to stressors more consciously and purposefully.
  • Challenge negative thoughts and beliefs: Identify and challenge the negative thought patterns that contribute to your stress. Replace them with more positive and empowering beliefs. For example, say you think you can’t handle your workload, and you’re sure to fail. Instead of giving in to that thought, challenge it. Ask yourself if the thought is factual or an exaggeration—have you successfully managed heavy workloads in the past? What evidence do you have that you will fail? Then, you can replace the negative thought with a positive one: “This is a challenging situation, but I have the skills and resilience to tackle it one step at a time. I’ve overcome similar challenges before and can do it again.”
  • Cultivate gratitude and positivity: Make a conscious effort to focus on the positive aspects of your life and cultivate a sense of gratitude. This can help shift your perspective and reduce the impact of stressors.
  • Set realistic goals and prioritize self-care: Establish achievable goals and prioritize activities that promote self-care, such as exercise, healthy eating, and engaging in hobbies you enjoy. Taking care of yourself can boost your resilience and help you better manage stress.

Building Resilience Through Mindset

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and adapt to challenging circumstances. By adopting a positive, iterative mindset, you can develop resilience and cultivate a more positive and proactive approach to stress management. 

Here are a few tips:

  • Consider setbacks as opportunities for growth: Instead of viewing setbacks as failures, reframe them as opportunities to learn, grow, and keep moving forward. This mindset can help you develop resilience and persevere through challenging times.
  • Develop adaptive coping strategies: Identify and implement healthy coping strategies that work for you, such as exercise, journaling, or seeking support from loved ones. 
  • Foster a sense of optimism: Cultivate a positive and optimistic outlook on life. Believe in your ability to overcome challenges and bounce back from setbacks. This mindset can help you navigate stressful situations with greater ease and resilience.2

Putting It Into Practice

Changing your mindset is a journey, and it’s essential to integrate these practices into your daily life. Here are some tips to help you stay committed:

  • Start small: Begin by incorporating one or two mindset-shifting practices into your routine, such as a daily gratitude journal or a brief mindfulness meditation.
  • Seek support: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, or professionals who can encourage and motivate you on your journey.
  • Celebrate progress: Acknowledge and celebrate the small wins along the way. This positive reinforcement can help sustain your motivation and commitment to changing your mindset.

Chronic Stress Management with Fresh Tri

At Fresh Tri, we understand the challenges of managing chronic stress and are here to support you on your journey to a healthier and more resilient mindset. Our Iterative Mindset Method™ is designed to help you cultivate a healthier, happier mindset and develop effective coping strategies to overcome chronic stress.

Remember, you have the power to change your mindset and take control of your stress. By embracing a new mindset, practicing mindfulness, challenging negative thought patterns, and fostering resilience, you can overcome the debilitating effects of chronic stress and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Take the first step today and start your journey towards a more positive and empowered mindset with the free Fresh Tri app. Together, we can beat chronic stress and unlock your full potential.



  1. McEwen, B. S. (2017). Neurobiological and Systemic Effects of Chronic Stress. Chronic Stress. 
  2. Shokrpour, N., Sheidaie, S., Amirkhani, M., Bazrafkan, L., & Modreki, A. (2021). Effect of positive thinking training on stress, anxiety, depression, and quality of life among hemodialysis patients: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Education and Health Promotion, 10. 
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