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Dealing With Stress

abracad, · Categories: externally authored, stress, depression, anxiety

By Zoe Young at Answers in Writing

Stress develops from how we see things; how we perceive the world around us changes how we feel.  Do you take it all in or do it one step at a time?  Do you look at all that is to be done and believe it has to happen now, that you must take care of it right away?  Are you overwhelmed by things out of your control?  Do you try to control things, thus only adding onto what you should do?  How we interact with what happens around us has a lot to do with how we feel. 

Stress is a feeling, of seeing the world as too much-- too much to achieve, take care of, or accomplish on a day-to-day basis.  If you were to sit down, stop for a moment and look at the big picture, what would you see?  Would it be endless?  This is perception.  Is it the idea that if you do it all now it will go away?  Once you have decided to deal with the world in a way of controlling it you have added the pressure of stress.  Every day may begin the same but it is not. 

All moments shift, so to be stressed about events to come will not help you.  They will be what they are no matter how much you seek to control and stress out about it.  If you feel stressed on a daily basis, you can shift how you see it.  It can be that easy for it is only a feeling brought on by how you perceive it.  Look at your day, don’t stack it all up like usual, instead feel the moment you are in.  That is the only moment you need to deal with, not everything else.  Let go of that idea.  See yourself for where you are now and what you are doing.  You can handle it; it is only this moment and not the future.  It is easy and you can look at it this way. 

Remember, whether it is a big event or just day-to-day, exist only in the moment you are in.  It will feel easier than trying to manage the future or control what will come.  Let go of the idea that you must take it all in, exist only in right now.  When you start to feel overwhelmed, heading towards being stressed--stop, zoom back in, be present, and just look at where you are and what you are doing.  That is all that needs to be accomplished in that moment.  Do not drag the future in, even if it is the next hour. By being present you can let go of stress and very easily handle every moment you are in.


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