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Stress is a normal part of life, of course. We can rarely avoid it altogether, and in and of itself, it is a natural state. In short bursts, stress can invigorate us; we have all the goods to deal with short-term stress. Our bodies set the wheels of our sympathetic nervous system in motion; fight or flight. Acute stress response.
The only problem is that the source of stress frequently hangs around, accumulates and sends us spiraling rapidly into a state of quivering that disables us from making reasonable decisions, problem solving or, indeed, seeking help.
Stress management is all about self-care. Setting realistic goals and expectations, delegating, negotiating and finding a way to find some reprieve from the source of the stress (not always an easy task).
We need to build the resilience to cope with stress. To break situations down into manageable chunks. To sift out life's distractions, so we can get on with things that make a difference.
We need to balance the actual urgent/important with the unknown-but-apparently-urgent-or-important-to-someone. Things we want to do, with things we are expected to do. Things we do for us, with things we do for others.
We need to identify the signs of 'burn out' and take action to change what we can.
We need to find some headspace, whether that is through doing some exercise, spending time with family and friends, going to a movie, reading a book or tending your garden. Whatever works for you. A little or a lot; whatever you need.
Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence*.
What do you do when stress gets the better of you?
* From Desiderata