“Nothing diminishes stress faster than action”…. Walter Anderson
Stress is a bodily response to events that threaten or disrupt the stability in our lives. It’s an absolute lifesaver when it releases adrenaline to catapult you up the tree when that enraged rhino charges, but the problem arises more subtly when faced with any depressing life event, conflict or problems of any magnitude.
With the resulting strain placing an excess demand upon our mental energy, the body’s resources are activated to resist the threat; either confront the problem and deal with it or simply put off any action, ignore the dilemma and hope it disappears.
Believe me, it’s not going to miraculously evaporate and the more you dwell on your crisis the more it controls you; and our ability to cope decreases.
Our response is the secret. ‘What you think, you become.’
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Action allows you to feel more in control – at least you are doing something about it! Your mind is concentrated on solving the problem and not on your anxiety. Whatever you accomplish, no matter how small, makes you feel better.
Persist – the will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.
Focus on negating the cause of your anxiety. If, for example, you cannot deliver because of some hitch along the line, get on the phone and keep those involved informed. At least they know you are concerned and trust you to rectify the problem. It’s far better than ducking and diving like a penguin avoiding a shark. Being kept in the dark is highly irritating, whereas informed people at least know where they stand, appreciate your information and are far more likely to accept that glitches do occur. Getting it off your chest also helps to relieve the tension.
And as you “come through” the process you feel motivated and renewed within and while your internal conflict diminishes you not only experience less stress, but are strengthened and energized by the transformation.
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