I was at a workshop yesterday, and was struck with how many people said, “My life/job/relationship is stressful.”
That was a belief I once shared. Now, I understand that stress is our internal reaction to an external event.
There is nothing inherently stressful to a life or job or situation, except as we experience it as stressful.
In other words, we may be having stressful thoughts about the situation. But someone else may be experiencing the same thing, but feel free of stress — perhaps even exhilarated.
If, though, you are feeling stressed, and want to make some shifts, I have some ideas to share with you. Here is the really good part: nothing I suggest will add to your load. Most are simple shifts you can make right now, today. And all have been proven to help you.
These are some things you can do to make your life a bit less stressful — make your life a bit more smooth and restful. And I promise you, none will require you to make any drastic changes. No need to quit the job, move to a deserted island.
If you incorporate these simple ideas and strategies, I promise you will see a change in your stress load. You will have more resources (emotional and energetic) to deal with those issues in your life.
Think of it like a glass of water. If the water is almost filled up, it only takes a little more to overflow the cup (your life) and make a mess (stress you out). But if you start the day with half a glass, you have more room for those issues and problems that will inevitably arise — and it won’t overflow your cup (your life) and make a mess (stress you out).
Learn how to keep the glass less full with my 5 simple suggestions to go from stressful to restful.
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