"Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?" Carrie Latet
We are keenly aware of all the many things we are responsible for---from managing the home, maintaining relationships, handling workplace issues, looking after our health, to name a few. Then there are all the expectations that others have of us, from spouses, to children, to relatives, to employers, to teachers and neighbors.
Although most of us recognize that moderate stress can help us to perform at a higher level, persistent stress can be debilitating and dangerous. Stress eats away our ability to manage both our time and our responsibilities. Hopefully, you are not one of those who want to wear their stress as a badge of honor to show how much you can handle!
Beware: Stress has a major impact both physically and psychologically. When we are continually under chronic stress, our body reacts whether we are aware of it or not.
Each of us has a limit beyond which stress becomes toxic, even deadly. Our resistance is lowered, our performance declines, our mental wellbeing gets derailed. There isn't a quick fix but successful people learn how to manage their stress.
Manage your life, manage your stress. Routinely create some healthy distance from your difficulties and the expectations of others. Participate in activities that give you pleasure. Nurture friendships with those people who make you feel good about yourself. Try laughing more. You could also start a Gratitude Journal. Each day for at least a month, write down three new things you ar grateful for.
Take another perpsective. Look at the stressful situation from various perspectives rather than just your own. Get input from others. Explore all the possibilities. Be determined to take action and embrace the change.
We're not talking churchology or religiousity. Whatever your belief system, it is important to believe in something greater than yourself. For some, this spiritual journey will be through their religious pursuits. For others, it will be a commitment to practices that illuminates their life signature. Then there are those who will simply want to acknowledge that life is a gift and to recognize the importance of taking care of your body with exercise, extra sleep and healthy food. It is recommended that you commit to the type of spiritual practice that helps fuel the light that is within.