Stress is a serious problem. In America many people are living with constant low-grade anger which adds significantly to their stress level. Unfortunately, this condition leaves them just an incident away from an episode of rage, stroke, anxiety attack, heart attack or other problems.
Yet, no one is stress-free? It's even hard to find anyone with just minimal stress. Most people deal with a lot of stresses and pressures on them. ...but is all this stress necessary? Is it just a sign of the times?
What's so bad about stress anyway? Doesn't it breakup the monotony of a dull life? Perhaps. After all even good things, like the birth of a child, taking a new jog, or moving to a different house can cause stress. Experts agree that it isn't the occassional stress but the continued pressures that cause us problems. Take a look at the partial list below of some of the health and emotional problems that are exacerbated by stress.
It's apparent that if we don't figure out how to control stress, our lives will be adversely affected. Even when we manage to have moments of contentment, they don't last long enough to counteract the bad effects of stress.
So, what's a person to do? Good question.
We need to achieve emotional balance. We need practical tools to manage frustration, anger, worry, anxiety, and other detrimental emotions. We need to practice inner peace and harmony.
Remember the Serenity Prayer?
Often we get upset over things that we have no control over - and perhaps that is part of the problem. We have come to realize that we haven't got control over everything. In fact, we may have very little control over anything. Things happen around us and it is said: It is not what happens to you but how you handle it that shows what kind of person you are. How true.
We cannot control many illnesses or accidents - sometimes they just happen. Bad things do happen to good people. Everything is more intense at the moment it is happening and with time everything becomes easier as you see the bigger picture. So we must look at things from a more eternal perspective.
First, stress isn't caused by not caring - it's caused by caring too much. And caring in unhealthy ways - as if we have the power to fix the situation.
Try some of the following ideas to lower your stress:
Stress - it's here! It's inevitable! True, but we can do something about it.