Stress is the Number One
By Tim Connor
slowly killing yourself? If you have never read an article about
stress, you have probably just landed here from some distant planet. I
will also wager, that if you are an employee, employer, parent or
spouse, you know the symptoms and causes of stress.
comes in all shapes sizes and circumstances.
There are positive stressors and negative stressors.
A wedding can cause stress and so can a divorce.
Winning the lottery can cause tress and so can being broke.
Changing careers can be stressful and so can retiring.
Change can cause stress and so can boredom.
Got it? Everything
is a stressor. Some are
negative stressors and others are positive stressors.
Here’s the problem, the body doesn’t know the difference.
The mind may, but the body reacts the same to any stressful
definition) is your inside-out reaction to outside-in circumstances,
people or events. I just summarized my all day seminar on stress.
I do not
intend to rehash a lot of existing dribble or scientific mumbo-jumbo
about this deadly killer. It is my objective, however, to get you to
realize the negative consequences of your stressors and to do
something about them before it is too late.
Each of us
daily, even hourly, must confront people and issues that bring with
them a great potential for stress. We cannot stick our head in the
sand and ask the world to go away. We must deal in the hectic,
fast-paced, ever-changing world of business and relationships. And we
must survive as well as we can as we go about these daily routines.
Most of us create our own stress and our stress reactions. We do so in
a variety of ways.
We create deadlines and expectations, we set
ourselves up for frustration and disappointment. We
have unrealistic attitudes and goals. We live out of balance.
We carry around blame and resentment. We suppress
feelings and emotions.
But most of all, we fail to keep life in
perspective as we move through each of our days.
I ask you
will any of this really matter one hundred years from now?
So why do we do this to ourselves? And we do it to ourselves.
No one does it to us. We do it in the name of success,
financial gain, profit, competition, winning, more and more and more.
And in the long run, we end up with less. Less satisfying
relationships, poor health, less fun, less happiness and less pure joy
of living. We miss a friend's smile. We long for a peaceful day. We cheat ourselves of the simple
things of life that money cannot buy. Life is not perfect.
Relationships are not perfect. Business is never perfect. People are
not machines. Life is to be lived one joyous minute at a time.
keeps you locked in the future or the past and out of the present.
Stress, in my opinion, is the single greatest threat to happiness, joy
and a truly rewarding life. I hope I have your attention. If you are
under stress, you don't need me to tell you. Your body is doing an excellent job of telling
you this very minute. You are either ignoring the signals or
overriding them with drugs, pills, stimulants of some kind or
activities to keep you busy.
eight simple things you can do to help your body relieve itself of the
impact of its stress.
One - lighten up.
Two - relax.
Three - slow down.
Four - stay in the present.
Five - laugh a lot.
Six - take time to play.
Seven - accept people and life as it is.
Eight - simplify your life.
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