Stress is largely a matter of perception. That does not mean that you do not have real physical responses. The stress fight or flight response is very real. Rather the way you interpret stress is subjective and varies from one person to another. You can change your stress levels by changing the way you perceive things. However, what if you no longer notice it? How can you change your perception of stress if you are so used to living with it that you no longer realise it is there?
If this is you (and it is probably most of us), then you need to take steps to manage stress on an ongoing basis. Stress kills. Forget about it, ignore it, get used to living with high levels of it and you are setting yourself up for serious health problems.
If you ignored your car for years, you would not be surprised when it started to break down, would you? Thought not!
So why expect your mind and body to perform optimally when they are bombarded with high levels of stress over a long time and you do nothing about it? YOU may have become unaware of your stress, but your body has not. Never forget stress kills.
But there is a problem (or should I say excuse?) Stress management programs are typically time consuming, expensive one-off events which get you all fired up and motivated. You may even have to travel out of town to attend them. Your commitment to stress reduction at the time, is unquestioned. But after a while, your motivation dwindles and you lapse back into your old lifestyle. Stress starts to build again.
So do it differently. Commit to stress reduction. Really commit. If you do not reduce your stress levels, no-one will. And if you are half hearted about stress relief, don’t waste your time starting. Much better you keep on just as you are and become less and less efficient in your current life until a heart attack or stroke forces you to take an alternative lifestyle. Assuming you survive that is…
Or you could take stress relief seriously. Manage it effectively and you will get better control of your time, be more productive and ultimately happier. Why not start by downloading my free stress relief tips ebook?
Stress relief. Just do it.