Have you ever thought to yourself, “If only I could rid myself of all the stress in my life, everything would be so much better?” How many times have you heard that stress is harmful and something to be avoided at all cost? Quote Anthologist Terri Guillemets offers this: “Stress is the trash of modern life—we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.”
Yet, there you are, bombarded with interruptions of your attention and time, — physical challenges, family duties, your job, community and kids — all contending for your commitment, time, energy and thoughts. So what can you do?
My blog posts will offer new ways to think about and deal with stress, such as:
1. Stop, take a deep breath, and realize that stress is not a synonym for distress, anxiety or tension; it most certainly is not something to be avoided at all cost. Actually, the absence of all stress is death. If your goal is to reach the summit of peace, joy and fullness of life, you should heed the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, “There are no victories at bargain prices.” To put it another way, stress is inevitable. However, it is not the stressors of life that define you but how you choose to deal with those stressors.
2. Don’t believe anyone who tells you to see the world through rose-colored glasses or that “life is like a box of chocolates.” If you think this is going to be another “you have to take the bull by the horns,” “everyone puts on their pants one leg at time,” or “life is hard, suck it up” bit of advice, not so. I will offer you real, practical ways to deal with the very real stress in your life.
3. I will offer real answers for dealing effectively with stress. Concepts that will go beyond conventional solutions such as relaxation, exercise, diet, sleep, positive thinking and prioritization—which act more like a band aid than a preventative.
Have I piqued your interest? Great. Please return to my blog posts over the next few months. You will learn what stress is and is not, be able to debunk stress myths, and get a firm grasp on how to effectively deal with stress.