If you take a look around at the world, you’ll see that stress, tension, and anxiety impact just about every single one of us. Regardless of who admits to it or not.
Let me ask you a few questions…
- Have you been late to work recently? Did your boss come in and give you crap because he’s in a bad mood and you’re an easy target? Did you getloads of work dumped on you by others, causing you more stress?
- Have you parked your car somewhere only to find some jerk hit your car with a shopping cart, or some inconsiderate person decided to “key” your car for no reason?
- Have you had to deal with rude customers or people in life, and they’ve made you feel lousy about yourself through the process?
- Have you been bothered by bill collectors or other debts that are nagging at you day in and day out?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed all around in many different aspects of your life?
If you answered yes to any of those, you’re not the only one, at all. Unfortunately, whether you approve of it or not, the world is definitely NOT a fair place. And in many cases, it’s not a nice one either. Some even think that it’s becoming worse as years go on.
So… why is that?
Well, to put it simply, our lives are growing more fast paced and action packed, and because of that, many of us aren’t able to learn just how to cope with it. After all, nobody really teaches us HOW to deal with stressors or daily life. In a way, we’re just left to power through the issues and drama of every day, all on our own. It doesn’t matter what religion, race, gender, age, or anything that you are.
Stress and anxiety hit all of us, and we all deal with it in different ways. There’s certainly no shortage of books on the manner and topics of dealing with stress and anxiety. Many even look to the teachings of the Dalai lama for guidance. In one of his books, he addresses the question of “How do we solve the great atrocities and wars that we face in today’s society?” to which he simply responds with “I do not know” and leave it at that.
One of the points he proceeds to discuss is that there’s no simple and straight forward answer to this kind of question. This is because most of the major wars were due to one consequence that unfolded into another, and so on. Until it compounded into a situation where nobody is truly in control and there’s no answer to the issues that have arisen. Plus, at that point, nobody really knows why the whole thing started in the first place.
But, how can this happen? How does it get to this boiling point? Well, let’s imagine you’re driving down the
road minding your own business, when suddenly another driver cuts in front of you and this results in you having to slam on the brakes suddenly. Talk about a mood killer! Your initial reaction might be to simply curse the other driver under your breath and continue driving.
But what if you were already having a lousy day? Maybe you lost your job, or you had a disagreement with your significant other. Maybe the bills are piling up and you’re losing your house. Perhaps this is the last straw for you on that day. In this case, you might speed up to the driver, and maybe you’ll give him the finger, shout out the window at him, which feeds the altercation. This might end in a car accident or a physical engagement such as a fight.
This could escalate into somebody becoming severely injured, or even death. Then later one of the family member’s wants reparations and ends up taking your family or you to court. I know this seems a bit over the top, but it’s not far-fetched to believe that things like this happen just about every single day in the world. The reality of it is that you and many others can control the situation’s outcome by simply taking control of your emotions and how you feel.
By taking steps to remove the stress in your life or at the very least, controlling it, you’ll find yourself to be in a situation where you can better control your reactions to the different scenarios that life throws your way. That’s why in this brief but hopefully informative course, I’m going to detail just ten major things that I’ve found to help reduce the stress in my life.
You can use these however you want, apply them in different ways, and adapt them to suit your life the best way they can. If you want to reduce the stress in your life, then strap yourself in and get ready.