Do you identify your job, a person, or maybe . . . the economy as the cause of your stress? Are you implementing effective practices consistently? Such habits are extremely beneficial during life challenges – whether individually or on a larger scale.
Though stress is a very individual response we know it isn’t caused by external events. Rather the internal interactions (thoughts, inner dialogue, and emotions) always produce the evidence seen outwardly. Most people point at circumstances as proof of what they’re now experiencing internally. Actually, what is happening inside is generating the results we are surrounded by and see on the outside. Remember our level of consciousness regarding such processes is not the determining factor if we experience the outcomes or not.
So what can we do to Shatter Stress and effectively deal with life’s challenges?
Begin by recognizing that your job, a person, or the economy is a stressor NOT stress. Stress is caused by your response to the stressors in your life. And yes, some stressors may be more demanding than others however that doesn’t necessarily convert them to stress.
Stress can be shattered with the consistent application of 5 Stress Transformers:
1 – Action
2 – Value Self
3 – Lifelong Learning
4 – Lose Excuses
5 – Laughter
Action is not the same as activity. Activity is busyness; action on the other hand is a productive step toward a desired result. No one can take action for you and have you get the benefit. When appropriate action is taken fear and worry are eliminated. Reflect on your life, do you have a lot of activity, or are you taking beneficial actions?
People claim to value themselves but then take actions that demonstrate otherwise. Look honestly at your actions. What do they convey? Do your actions suggest a person who values oneself? Or do your actions show a person who finds value within only after being treated valuable?
In regards to lifelong learning, I’ve heard it said the average American has not invested in one non-fiction tool on their own in a year. Congratulations if you have! Of course it isn’t enough to invest in something if you’re not taking action to implement the concepts. Are you reading or listening to material with any consistency? Daily is recommended but at the minimum weekly.
The discussion of excuses arises in almost every presentation I conduct. People of course can recognize the excuses of others. Most even freely admit they generate excuses – and additionally identify that area of their life is not as they’d like. The irony is the number of people who are content with their excuses and the associated impact instead of losing their excuses for their claimed desires. Are you content or committed to overcoming your excuses?
Laughter is very therapeutic. We know laughing releases natural stress reducers known as endorphins. How often do you laugh? Even smiling is beneficial. Granted this can be difficult amidst some of life’s challenges. Know that we all experience those times and that’s when we most need to coerce ourselves to act contrary to how we may feel. Willing to experiment? Smile right now, a great big smile for one minute and notice the difference!
Learn to dissolve the potential pressures of stressors before the signs of stress take hold of you. Our bodies eventually tell us, however often people don’t listen until they’re experiencing serious side affects.
How many of the stress transformers are you applying to your life? How often and with what consistency? Remember stress is your response to stressors. Transform your stress by taking action, valuing yourself, committing to lifelong learning, losing your excuses, and remembering to laugh!