Let’s Talk About STRESS, Baby
Stress. The word itself is probably causing you stress. It consumes us from the moment we wake up until the moment we lay back down. We oversleep, we stress. We get stuck in traffic, we stress. We are up against deadlines at work, we stress. The kids are being complete jerks…..well, that’s just normal but still we stress. There’s never enough time, not enough money, too few friends, too many bills, too much to do. It seems like the only thing we can rely on is stress!
Here’s the thing; these stressors aren’t fundamentally good or bad. They are a part of life. Your response to each stressor is where we struggle. We often respond differently to the same stressor each time we face it. Sometimes we will have a positive response and feel inspired, motivated or energized. Other times we will have a negative response and feel worried or distracted.
There are several factors that we can control that can help us manage our stress.
Where do you spend your time? Are you cooped up indoors most of the day or do you spend some time outside with fresh air and sunshine?
Do you spend most of your time alone or do you have a network of friends and family that you can talk to, spend with and do things with?
Do you get overwhelmed easily or do3 you know how to calm yourself when faced with higher-than-normal levels of emotion?
Are you proactive or reactive? Do you view stress as a challenge that you can rise to or do you try to avoid it altogether? Do you find it easy to go with the flow or do you always feel like you are in conflict?
Ok. That all sounds great. Sooooo, what do you do about it? How do you find that stress sweet spot where you have just enough to make you feel energized and actively moving towards your goals?
Don’t try to do a complete overhaul overnight. Change and growth take time. Pick something from one of those four factors and set a personal goal to do it every day for two weeks and see how you feel. Take a 20 minute walk outside on your lunch break. Call a loved one every day just to see how they are doing. Pick something that you know you can do easily every day. Stress is a part of life but it doesn’t have to run it.