I speak quite often at corporations on different wellness topics, but one of the most popular is stress. Why is that? Because we are so stressed out! Many of these companies I can feel the tension soon as walk in to the room. According to a 2011 survey by the APA, 25% of Americans rate their stress levels at an 8,9, or 10 out of 10. But trying to figure out why we are stressed is a waste of time. Trying to remove stresses is a waste of time. Why? Because it's impossible! There will always be stress. Every job you have, every relationship you are in, every bill that's due or deadline that needs to be met. There is no escaping it! So we are doomed right? Wrong.
I think most people hope for a day where their stress will be lessened by circumstances. For example if I only had a raise I wouldn't be stressed out about money. When in reality if you are over extending yourself now, you probably will or even more with that raise. This is just example of how we cant elude stress. Look at all the celebrities with drug problems or failed relationships. But they have all the money in the world, the best jobs, etc. Yet they are still unhappy. Stress is around every corner and waiting after every achievement. I love this quote from Jim Carrey, "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer." How true that is.
There may be no hope for escaping stress, but there is hope on how you deal with it, and the effect you choose or choose not to let it have on you. The only answer is to be at peace exactly where you are. Easier said than done right? That's why it takes a daily dedication, it's a daily battle to try to be happy where you are, it takes effort! That looks different for everyone, for me if I'm not meditating, exercising, and eating like my normal self, I feel stress creeping in. Create a routine to fight stress, and make it a habit.
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