#310: Overcoming Stress
Friday, May 07, 2010
We all encounter days filled with stressors. Many times these are major health, financial and physical problems. Other times our stress comes from a series of troubles, trials and tribulations that may appear minor in comparison but which are no less mentally and emotionally exhausting and frustrating
When we are faced with stress, how do we overcome it? A bedrock of positive thinking is a beginning, trying to find the positives in all situations, allowing us to put our problems in proper perspective.
But we frequently need more. Many experts suggest exercise to help overcome our stress. Something as easy as walking for those physically able to do so. Weightlifting, bike riding, yard work, anything to get us out and moving and focusing on something other than our immediate problems.
Others recommend meditation, tai-chi, yoga, prayer or some reflective sessions to calm our minds.
I have even heard a suggestion to list on paper both the problems and what could be done short- and long-term to resolve the problems. This lets us see the problems in their entirety and to see a bigger picture of possible resolutions.
I have also read that when we are under stress we could benefit from taking a nap, if possible, that being asleep releases us from conscious thoughts about our difficulties.
Of course, talking to a trusted friend or family member is always a good way to solicit advice and a fresh outlook on things.
Or, primal scream therapy, best done at home rather than in a store or parking lot. :)
Whatever of these or other methods or a combination work for us, what is of vital importance is that we do not allow ourselves to wallow in the pit of despair, that we try SOMETHING.
It helps, too if we remember that rainbows do not appear until AFTER a storm, when life always appears brighter.