So much is written about Stress Reduction techniques these days that I was honestly wondering what value I could add to the topic. In doing so, I realized that I rarely see encouragement to pause for a moment and consider what is really triggering your stress in the first place.
Of course, if your cat is sick, your husband lost his job and your mother is dating Charlie Sheen, you will have some obvious stress sources in your life. But what about the daily, ongoing stress which sits on your shoulder as a chattering monkey, or snaps at your heels like a tireless terrier?
I believe a first step to reducing stress is to ponder where it’s coming from. It might be:
~ Information stress: too much, coming too fast, from too many sources.
~ Spending too much time doing things you don’t love.
~ Unrealistic expectations of how much you can get done in a day.
~ Unwillingness to say No (check out this article on how to alleviate stress by becoming more assertive ).
~ Priorities out of line with those of your partner, family, or boss.
~ Visual stress caused by clutter.
~ Living too much in the future rather than enjoying the present (dip into this fascinating book, The Time Paradox).
~ Unfinished projects & tasks.
My guess is, you won’t be suffering from all of these stress causes, but identifying the ones which are causing trouble in your life might help you nip them in the bud, rather than just dealing with the consequences via long walks and yoga.
Personally, I need to rein in my expectations and focus more on living in the present. How about you?
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