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#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.
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    i agree with Missy too! Sometimes just hearing what other people have or are going through lightens your load and makes you feel blessed, and as though your problems aren't so big after all. My problems arise when I get the snowball effect. When one thing after another compiles on top of each other, to where one tiny thing on top seems to be the straw that broke the camels back. Kinda where you were the other day with your laptop. The thing to learn is they are just situations, and situations are subject to change when you get God involved. That and not to assume! We always make the outcome in our minds to be 10 times worse that what they really turn out to be. Life is good!
    3950 days ago
  • DKWP614
    I'm a fan of primal scream therapy - best in the shower to take full advantage of the echo; and then the soothing hot water afterward!
    Diana Kathryn
    3950 days ago
    When an Artist is painting a picture, they stand back from the painting from time to time, to get a better perspective . Sometimes what we need is a better perspective on our problems before we can solve them. If we listen to others problems it often gives us a better perspective on our own. Also in doing so we feel comfort knowing we are not the only person who is having a string of problems and struggle to keep going. We can learn from each other, encourage and inspire one another.

    I agree there is not just one way to handle stress -find whatever works for you and do it! Don't wait for the storm to pass- "Dance in the rain".

    Thank you for stopping by my page and your kind words. Hugs, Joy

    3950 days ago
    This is a great reminder of stress reduction solutions. I was out working in my garden off and on for about 3 hours today. Some of it just spent gazing.
    3950 days ago
    I so agree with you, and with Missy, too. This is an awesome place. Coming here at the end of the day feels like coming "home". I always know my friends are here, to comfort me, encourage me, laugh with me, share with me...all wonderful blessings.
    3950 days ago
    Having this vast community of friends so dear goes a long way to reducing stress for me, always someone in better and worse places than I, so much to learn from each other. What seems impossible to me, one here has already overcome. When all seems lost, along comes one who benefits from my own struggles and victories. What a wonderful recipe SP is.
    3951 days ago
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