Take a deep breath, it’s going to be alright
You ever have one of those days, weeks, months or even years that you just look up into the sky and wonder how you’re going to make it to the other side of the mountain that faces you?
Or do you sit and bury your head into your hands and ask yourself what you could have done differently to make your life just a little bit easier?
Or maybe you don’t stop at all and you keep on piling more and more on your plate until the plate ends up shattering around you.
There is one word that culminates all these different reactions. Can anyone guess what word I am talking about?
Yes, you got it. Stress.
Stress can manifest itself in many ways, but regardless of the avenue in which your stress shows its ugly face, it is very real, and it is very damaging.
There can be stress in the personal life and there can be stress in the professional life. Having stress in one area of your life is tough enough, but when it starts affecting multiple areas of your life, that’s when things can get very murky.
The experts will tell you to exercise more or to make sure take personal time to do a fun activity that you enjoy, or make sure to get plenty of sleep.
Yes, those are good things to do and they do help with stress, but here is why a lot of times it is not sound advice.
Time. It’s all about time, right? Do you have the time to exercise? Do you have the time to go and do a fun activity that you enjoy? Do you have the time to get a good night of sleep?
No, many of us do not, and quite frankly these so-called experts don’t seem to understand that. So, what do we do? How do we deal with the stress in our lives if we don’t have the time to do all the “suggested” things to help combat the problem.
For me, it is simple. First, you have to breathe. You have to understand that everything is going to be alright. You have to understand that whatever problem or issue you are facing that is giving you stress is not the end of the world.
You will find that if you take slow, deep breaths, everything around you will begin to slow down, and you will not have the anxiety that comes with stress.
Stress is very much like a living thing. It needs to be fed to survive and the more you feed it the bigger and stronger it is going to get. So, why not cut off its food supply. Slow everything down and breathe.
Once you have calmed yourself down, then it is time to identify the issue that is causing the stress and face it head on. Do not run from it. You have to go after it and push through it because that is the only way it will truly go away.
A problem or issue that brings the enemy of stress into your life is not something that you can just whisk away or put away in the closet and deal with later. You have to attack it and conquer it.
I write all this because I have found myself in a very stressful week, so trust me, I am writing this to myself as much as I am writing this for anyone else.
Hopefully, this advice can help someone in their stressful situation. If you do find yourself in a time of stress, just remember, you are not alone. Everyone deals with this disease.
Just remember, take a deep breath, it’s going to be alright.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the Jenks Tribune.