While sitting at the car place waiting to get my emission test done, I read an article about stresses and the adverse affects on the human body. Indeed, stress can wreak havoc on us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And no matter what we we all experience stress in our lives, the important thing is how we handle it, how we seek relief. For me, I try to laugh a lot, drink some and a lot of sex (my parents are gone so I can say that. and my friends who read this will just be happy for me). I try to get some physical activity and I also pray.
Certainly there has been a lot of stress in my life as of late. While it is what I call good stress, it’s still stress. Good stress is stress that is attached to positive things in your life. For me bad stress is just the opposite, all the stresses attached to bad or painful events or things. And I have to say, there is an extreme difference that can be felt in every part of the body and soul.
What is good stress? It’s the stress from looking for and find a new house. Making bids, having inspections done, considering repairs, and negotiating prices, the deals falling through and starting over. We are looking at more houses this weekend and hopefully will find “The One.”
Work has been crazy busy with deadlines and projects. Again, not a bad problem to have, It reminds me to be thankful that I do have a career which I love. The down side of writing and working from home is that there can be a fuzzy line between work and life balance. When you are a writer, your mind is always running with things to write. And working from home you can’t just leave work at the office…because the office is right there. And that is probably what I have trouble with the most.
Another thing that can be done to reduce stresses is to part ways with those who do not serve us. Friendships that have run their course, people who no longer make time for your or who make excuses when you try to make time for them. When the friendship is no longer reciprocated, then it is time to walk, And that doesn’t mean that they are a bad person, just that it is no longer a productive friendship and needs to be let go.
Sleep also helps. I recently bought a fitbit knock-off that shows my steps and sleep patterns. As it turns out. I get more deep sleep than that light sleep. Which is great and I can fell when I don’t. But getting proper rest is extremely important to being able to handle stress and proper cognitive function.
Life is short. Stresses happen. But stress doesn’t mean life is bad. If you use stress properly it can be a motivator, because you know that the stress is only temporary. That still means you must take care of yourself – get rest and do whatever it is that helps you deal and lesson the affects. And hopefully, the stresses are die to making a happy life. And it’s worth it.