Everyone has stress. It can be good stress, or bad stress. For better health, learn to budget your stress level. How you approach the day’s events can change your stress levels.
Lower your bad stress. Over-working / over-worrying creates bad stress.
Raise your good stress. Good stress can stimulate positive actions. Challenging your brain, or your body to work toward a goal is positive stress. In small doses, much can be accomplished! A balance is needed.
Bad Stress: You wake up in the morning late, and rush about like a maniac, getting ready for work, while wondering if the traffic is going to slow you down.
Good Stress: You wake up in the morning 10 minutes early, and go through your morning routine in a timely manner, even though you know traffic will slow you down.
In the above example, you are aware of the fact that traffic will slow you down, but you also realize you cannot change that fact. You can choose to have a relaxed morning routine, before you leave for work.
Bad Stress: You want to begin an exercise program. The first week of exercise you work out for an hour every day, with a group of friends who have been exercising for months. You try to keep up with them, of course! By the end of the week you feel like a truck hit your body. You can’t walk, much less go to group all next week!
Good Stress: You want to begin an exercise program. Your friend asks you to join in a group she leads. You tell her no, not yet. You realize that you have not exercised in years, and you will need to ease into exercising at your own body’s pace. You challenge yourself to 20 minute walks each day, beginning with stretching time, and ending with stretching time. In a few weeks you add a beginner yoga class. Three months later, you join in your friend’s group, and know that your body is ready for the workout.
In the above example, you realize that your friend will stay your friend, whether you join in her group or not. When you are comfortable, you can enjoy challenging yourself in the group session.
Bad Stress: You have always had disagreements with your relative. No matter what subject you talk about, you seem to be at odds. Over the years, you have tried many different ways to ease the tensions between you and your relative, to no avail. It angers you inside to think that he/she will not see your point of view!
Good Stress: You have always had disagreements with your relative. No matter what subject you talk about, you seem to be at odds. After many attempts to find a middle ground, you realize that just because you are related, it does not mean that you will ever meet in the middle. You are both quite head strong, (after all, you are related) and you accept that life goes on best when you agree to disagree. When you see one another, you are like polite aquaintances, accepting that you both have ideas, and points of views that are valid. You find peace in knowing that even though you disagree, you do validate each other’s opinions.
In the example above, you have come to realize that just because you are born into a family circle, you do not have to always agree with each other. You find a place in your heart that accepts the differences, and understands that everyone has a valid point of view, which comes from life experiences.
There are numerous stresses to deal with each and every day. Whether you are at home, at work, or at play, stress happens. How you deal with life stresses determines whether your stresses are bad or good! Begin changing today! Balance your stress levels. How can you approach your day’s events, to improve your health?