Feeling stressed? You are not alone. The stress of everyday life is unavoidable and sometimes overbearing. Many aspects of life are within our control. Unfortunately, many are not. We often put too much worry on the things we cannot control. Our energy would probably serve us better if we spent it on the aspects of life in which we have a direct influence. Too much stress causes despair and depression. It affects our mental and physical well-being. In short, an excessive amount of stress deteriorates the quality of our lives.
Taking on issues and solving them one at a time helps. Claiming small victories in our accomplishments boosts morale and gives us hope. Celebrate the effort rather than the outcome.
Do not be afraid to fail in your efforts. It is through failure that our greatest successes are often unexpectedly realized. We have an innate ability to learn through trial and error. Many times, resolution requires more than one attempt. Persistence often pays dividends that ultimately result in success.
“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”
– David Allen
It is okay to ask for help before, during, and after stress becomes too insurmountable. One of the most difficult things to do is ask for help. In most instances, help is just one conversation away. Use your past experiences for determining who would be most beneficial when asking for help. Avoid confiding in those who will revel in your misery or ridicule you. You will find that when you sincerely ask someone for help, most are willing. If not physically able, those who are asked may offer you words of encouragement. Many times, a motivational conversation is enough to alter your mindset and formulate a plan for success.
Let your dreams define the boundaries of what is attainable. Fight the urge to give up or become apathetic. Instead, replace those feelings with hope and determination. When driven by hope and determination, one will find repeated success in achieving his/her goals.
Please remember, you have the potential to do anything, not everything, and anything is always considered something.