Stress gets to all of us from time to time, but for some it is a permanent companion that reduces our quality of life. But even when you have the world on your shoulders, and life seems too tough, there are things you can do. Here are five simple steps you that will help you to take back control of your life.
Our mood controls our life. When we are feeling low, perhaps because something unpleasant has happened in our lives, we make different choices from when our mood is good and we are feeling really happy. Outcomes to interactions with others are influenced by our mood – though we are likely to think it was something about them. Our mood state does not have to be some random thing controlled by the vicissitudes of life. You can take control of it. Here’s how…
There are a lot of people who find it anything from difficult to impossible to control their eating. They eat compulsively regardless of whether or not they are hungry. They eat much more than they need. Enjoyment of life diminishes. Thoughts of food dominate, and feelings of guilt ensue after every failure. This is a big problem, obesity is no fun. It is even less so when you feel powerless to change it.
Anxiety destroys quality of life. But it is also part of life. The trick is to learn how to control it, to alleviate it and even, on occasion, to simply allow it to be there. Here’s one quick ‘trick’ that will allow you to escape from its grasp for a short while. That short while may not be as long as you want, but it gives you a break any time you want one, and it teaches you, most importantly, that you can have control of your life.
For some, life is a struggle. There is just one thing after another. It never ends. Then just when there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, the roof falls in and you are buried under a burden that’s just too much for you to deal with. Pills don’t help. In fact no one helps, and crying is the only break you get from it all. Want a way out?
Smokers only harm themselves – right? I mean the passive smoking thing is pretty much dead now that smoking indoors is largely prohibited. Pregnant smoking Mums-to-be generally make the effort to stop or cut down during pregnancy. You might think that just about covers it – but it doesn’t. Thousands upon thousands of workers are being damaged every day in the tobacco industry. Do you know, for example, how much a 9-year old child gets paid for manufacturing 1000 cigarettes? Why a 10-year old might be chained to a cigarette manufacturing machine? Or what a Malawian family earns for a whole year’s tobacco crop from their farm?
For some, life is a struggle. Sometimes that struggle reaches a place where the struggler is about to be buried alive under the weight of problems they cannot cope with. Their life overwhelms them. It is a horrible place to be, feeling suffocated by life itself and having nowhere to turn, no avenue left to explore – just too much to do and no resources to do it. Here is the solution…
Ever had that experience where something that you need to do feels more like wading through treacle than sailing with a fresh breeze behind you? You know it’s really important, but it seems that every time you are about to start you remember something trivial that needs dealing with first. Then when you have completed all of those insignificant jobs it is time to put the kettle because you are too exhausted now to do what needs doing. Here’s how to fix it.
A 10 minute video explaining a simple 3-step process that will help you to reduce the impact of anxiety or worry in your life. Anxiety & worry tend to arrive on our doorstep when we feel that our life is out of control and things (friends, governments, managers, family…) stop behaving in the ways that we feel comfortable with and start behaving in ways that cause us to suffer. We may not be able to change the world – but we can change our response to it.
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