Understanding Your Relationship With Stress

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How can you manage stress in your life and still be productive, while letting go of the stress that holds you back?

Though there are both external and internal causes of stress, much of the stress in our everyday lives comes from our own thought processes. It is from an anxious, worried mind that a stressful perception of the world arises, and it is from a peaceful mindset that life is simplified, encouraging stress-free experiences.

Reflecting on what you know, what you do, confronting your attitude, and your perception about stress with thought awareness.

Thought awareness is the process by which you observe your thoughts and become conscious of what is going through your head. Though, it is true that you cannot change what you’re not aware of, it is equally important to realize that you cannot change what you are unwilling to confront. Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining your stress, your stress level will remain outside your control. Therefore, your management of stress factors is key as that is what influences the impact of stress on your life.

How do you manage your stress? Are your thoughts part of the problem or part of the solution?

Do you blame your stress on other people or outside events? Do you define stress as an integral part of your work or home life with explanations such as “Things are always crazy around here”. Or maybe you explain away stress as “fleeting” with statements such as “I just have too much going on right now”. Rather than allowing stressful thoughts to get the best of you, why not begin to focus on the things you can control, such as the way you choose to react to problems. Do you perceive stress as temporary, or do you hold onto stress because you consider it a natural part of your world?

“People are disturbed, not by a thing, but by their perception of a thing.”

Epictetus

While stress has a bad wrap, it can also be an indicator that you care deeply about someone or something or it can be a motivator, encouraging you to complete a task or project. By reframing how you think about your stressful situations you can better manage and release the tension associated with everyday stressors. Subjective, stress is caused by both good and bad experiences. The challenge is not to categorize stress as “good or “bad”. It’s all in your interpretation.

Tips to ease and manage your stress

~ Ask yourself what you can do about the source of your stress.

~ When possible avoid overwhelming yourself by saying no, eliminating unnecessary stress.

~ Give thought to the pros and cons, then take action where you can.

~ Accept that although you cannot control certain things, you are in charge of how you respond.

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Source by Helen C. Hipp

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