Stress: a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.; something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety; physical force or pressure.
Stressing, stressors, stresses, stressed...whatever the way it is spelled it can all be looked at as okay or an opportunity for growth. How can that be? A time to be creative or problem solve.
Choice. "is your glass half full or half empty?"
Courage. "become better not bitter"
Growth. "my injury has taught me something and I avoided a bigger injury"
Happiness. "the grass isn't greener on the other side"
Change. "in hindsight, I wouldn't change a thing"
Lessons. "if I had given up, I wouldn't be where I am today"
Patience. "it was worth the wait"
How do you look at it?
Most practitioners/people understand that stress is just a part of life. It makes us who we are and takes us places we never imagined.
Do you let it control you? Is it affecting your health, well-being or relationships? With ALL things going on do you find it difficult to fall asleep? Do you worry or feel anxious? Do you get overwhelmed at times? If they would only...
On the positive side, we can look at what is challenging or stressing us and learn from it. Grow stronger from it. Yes, one could go to the gym and lift weights and become stronger and more flexible. Yes, you can try something you may have doubted you could not do BUT did it...you grow more confident. As children we welcome these situations or opportunities to learn. As adults, we take things far too seriously.
I am doing more of this in my practice...stress management or perhaps thought management alongside a healthy lifestyle and balanced nutrition. They go hand in hand. Body and mind as thoughts are things too. Just the core beliefs help my clients.
There is hope and solutions.
1) learn how to breathe properly - most are shallow breathers, take in slow deep breathes especially before you eat
2) laugh and smile - bring back the laughter, laugh at yourself, when we are smiling it is difficult to feel negative
3) clear the mind - meditate or stare at something you find appealing
4) take time out - engage in a hobby like gardening, cooking, art, music, etc.
5) eat a healthy and balance diet
You are worth it and if you need guidance, you need guidance. Teachers give a helping hand, you still have to reach out and take it.
"I worked with a computer programmer some 30 years ago, and I will never forget these words - if it is repetitive or difficult or time consuming, there might be an easier way! - and how this has helped me question and ask for assistance."
There is no time like the present. Are you where you want to be with health and happiness?
"If you think you can or think you can't, either way you are right." Henry Ford
All is well...the present is always a springboard to move on.
Cheryl Millett BSc NNCP CCIr
Holistic Nutritionist and Practitioner
Certified Clinical Iridologist
Director, Auum Canada
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Tags: stress management, holistic health, anxiety