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.
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?
Stress, and the body’s response to it, is a natural and helpful process. It is a survival strategy. The problem is that it only evolved to deal with short-term stress, like escaping from a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, our bodies respond to our imaginary worlds as if they were real and so you can create a stress response just by thinking about something that scares you.
The medical world is losing touch with reality. This is especially true of psychological problems. They forget that patients are people with thoughts, feelings, and a mind of their own that is frequently well able to understand what the problem is without needing a machine to confirm it. What is really required is re-assurance and a plan for wellness that holds out hope of success. What isn’t required is more pills.
Are you already stressed by the time your feet hit the floor in the morning? Do you fall asleep with a head full of thoughts and images about what is going wrong in your world? You are not alone. Too many people experience a stress-filled life – a life that their bodies were never designed to cope with. We need to function in this modern hurly-burly we call society, and in order to do so we need to have something easily accessible that gives our minds and bodies a break – something that we can call on when we need it. If we don’t, the consequences show up sooner or later as depression, anxiety, time off work for mental health problems, or physical disease. You need to do something now.
Most of us know how to worry. For some of us though, it plagues our lives and interferes with the simple enjoyment of everyday activities. We see problems where others see pleasure. We are concerned for others who seem to have no concern for themselves. Life seems to be out of control and we just can’t rein it in.
Life can be difficult - especially if money is in short supply, relationships are troublesome, and going to work is a struggle because the environment is tense. Here are ten quick tips that take only a minute or two each that you can use and that will free you up and give you the mental space you need to access those inner resources that have lost touch with. Print it out and keep it with you.
Do you suffer from anxiety? Are you ashamed of it? Do you feel isolated by it? You are not alone. A report from the Mental Health Foundation suggests that a lot of people suffer from anxiety and, for most of them, they suffer in silence and struggle with life instead of having fun and enjoying the companionship of friends and family. It may seem like it’s your physical world circumstances that are the source of your anxieties – bills, relationships, employment amongst others – but it is your inner world that needs to change first. Your outer circumstances will follow. Here’s one solution you may wish to try…
There was a time when we would do everything we could to prevent our children from coming to any harm. That desire of every parent is being undermined by the businesses and politicians that we give our power away to. Children from age 4 through to University are being tested and stressed and having more and more pressure put on them to perform to crazy expectations. And because we don’t want our child to be the one left out we push just like everyone else. It’s killing our kids. It isn’t going to stop either. But there is something you can do to protect your child…
Some jobs are clearly more stressful than others. Being in fear of your life every moment of every day doesn’t have much competition. But, for sensitive people, life can seem like that and mundane ordinary jobs – jobs that other people cope with and even enjoy – can seem like a journey into Hell every day. This is one of the reasons why tranquillisers and anti-depressants are amongst the most commonly prescribed medications. But it isn’t so much about the job, it’s because we’ve lost touch with our soul. We’ve lost touch with who we are, and we’ve lost touch with our connection to others. We live isolated lives where we have to spend so much time just earning enough to pay the bills that we have little time left for ourselves or our families. Change is possible. Peace is achievable.