How do you handle stress? Take a moment and think about that. When something uncomfortable happens what is your go-to method for getting through it. You might have different degrees of stress with different coping mechanisms.
Daily Stressors could be:
Your work schedule
Your kids’ schedule
Where you live, what you drive
Not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need or want to accomplish
You could also have deep stressors that might take a different technique:
Long term health issues
Loss of a loved one
Loss of a child
No matter what your stressor is today, you own your reaction to it. You OWN your reactions. You might think about that statement and tell yourself that you aren’t in control and that outside influences are doing this to you. But the fact is, stress, trauma, death, and continued life is a fact and how you get through it will make all the difference.
The challenging situations we face in life are often the ones that offer us the greatest opportunity for personal growth. Looking honestly at your situations, experiencing the emotions they bring up, and searching within yourself for the answers can bring positive outcomes that you can draw on in times of trouble.
Here is a FREEZE FRAME exercise I like to use to channel energy in a positive direction.
Evaluate each stressor individually. When you lump them together, you can exaggerate the weight and importance of their presence in your life. Take them one by one and ask yourself some qualifying questions:
Challenge: Remember, stress and your reaction to it, is not an out of body experience. You are in charge and YOU will be the only one working through the steps to take control of the situation. Don’t assume busy is productive. In all things, strive for a healthy balance to beat stress!
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