The more people I talk to the more I understand that we live in a world of stress. We stress over our children, we stress over our marriage, we stress over our job, we stress over our pets, we stress over our grass, we stress over our shoes, we stress over our hair and we stress over how much stress we are under!
I've discovered that pretty much everybody faces stress, so I wanted to provide you with a couple of tips and ideas on how you might deal with the anxiousness you feel.
One idea is to seal your problems in an envelope. The first step is to write down everything you feel stressed about in the form of a letter—one you will never send. Once you've got it all down, seal it in an envelope and write the date and time on the front. Then make a vow to stop worrying about these issues from that point forward. Keep the envelope in a drawer or journal and anytime you start to feel uneasy about those things, take out the envelope and remember your vow.
Another suggestion is to send your problems to the moon! You don't need a spaceship but just go out and buy yourself a regular helium balloon and a permanent marker. Using the marker, write on the balloon anything that is bothering you or causing you concern. Once that is done, simply let the balloon go. Watch the balloon float away until it disappears and feel the stress leave your body as your problems soar toward another galaxy. It seems silly, but it works!
When you are feeling stress, it affects everyone in the family. No matter how hard you try to hide your stress, it leaks out slowly like a drip from a faucet. It is the curt answers, lack of patience for anything and the tone and level of your voice that gives you away. You are able to hold off this behavior around co-workers and friends, so it is usually the spouse and kids who take the brunt of the stress-induced moodiness. If you are like me, when your family tries to point out this conduct to you, your first reaction is to deny that anything is wrong or that you are acting any different.
There is no doubt too much stress is a barrier to enjoying a peaceful life. It can be a distraction, make you feel lethargic, as well as bring about serious physical ailments. It can also lead to overeating, use of alcohol or drugs as well as an inability to function causing you to neglect your responsibilities. It's probably not possible to ever eliminate all stress, and we can function with a small amount, but it's important that you do what you can to reduce the excessive amount of stress in your life.
I know these ideas won't make your problems disappear in an instance, but it will at least help you to clear your mind so you can see things from a better perspective. It is easy to tell yourself to stop worrying, but when you actually engage in a physical activity to help you remove your stress, it will help you to focus less on worry and more on solutions.
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