What is Causing your Stress?
But have you ever stopped to think what’s causing your stress? I mean really think! It’s easy to say you hate your job, or you don’t have enough money for example. While they might be true, blanket statements like those are far too vague to be used in the fight against stress.
If you want to beat stress, you need to take action. They say “Nothing changes if nothing changes” but first you need to know exactly what to change. That’s why it’s super important that you take the time to drill down and get to the nitty-gritty of what is causing you to feel so stressed.
Stop and Identify Stress
When you stop and identify the little things that upset you, even on a subconscious level, and make a list of those minor stressors, you’re taking a big step towards change.
It’s much easier to make small changes to reduce the stress in your life than it is to go cold turkey on anything major such as hating your overbearing boss or not having enough money to pay off your credit card bill. Small changes add up to make big differences, and as Confucius says “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Think about Minor Issues Causing Stress
With so many things competing for your attention at any given moment in the day, it’s easy to overlook some of the more minor things that might be giving you grief and compounding the major stressors in your life.
Think about any minor health concerns you might have that you’ve simply learned to live with rather than getting treatment for. What about any little habits your partner has picked up that really get on your nerves, but he or she doesn’t even know it.
If you tackle the small things first, you will not only feel happier and healthier, but you will also feel like you are more in control of the stress, rather than it being in control of you.
Break Down your Major Stressors
Of course, you will also need to deal with those major stressors surrounding your job or your finances etc. The best way to tackle those is to break down your issues into smaller ones, so it’s less overwhelming to deal with. For example, you dread going to work every day because you don’t like your job. But what is it about the job you don’t like? Try to be specific and go into as much detail as you can. That way you can start to find a way to overcome some of the parts of your major stressors that can be tackled immediately.
It is only once you are aware of the finer details of what is causing you to feel so stressed that you can take positive action towards a long-term solution to the issue.
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