If you want to be healthy, you must have an anti-stress strategy in place. Just like you plan your diet, your weekends, and even your retirement, you also need a solid plan to reduce stress in your life. In fact, your health pretty much depends on it. As a society, we generally don’t handle stress very well … it handles us. And it does quite a number, leading to a host of health problems.
So, next time you’re faced with a stressful situation, ask yourself these questions. It may be all in your head…really.
- Can this wait? – We create stress when we feel we have to get things done quickly. Chances are, whatever it is, it CAN wait. Stress equals urgency.
- Is this worth having a heart attack over? – When you feel your teeth clenched up, ask yourself this: Is this worth a heart attack down the line? In reality, nothing is worth the heart attack, right?
- Five years from now, will this matter? – Is this “important matter” really going to make a difference in a few years? How does it relate to the bigger picture in your life? This “problem” might actually be rather small, if you really think about it.
- Am I living one day at a time? – Sometimes we get stressed out because we’re thinking too far into the future. The future can wait and so can your plans. It’s actually MUCH less stressful to live in the moment.