In today’s world, employers are running over-worked employees like over-worked machines, and the machines are breaking. I wonder if insurance companies, in trying to keep costs down, will take into consideration the insane pace of people lives.
Over the past eight years, I’ve had countless clients come to me for stress related physical pains, stress related depression, and stress related holistic counseling sessions. We live in a world that has increased its vibration. Technological advancements forge ahead with blazing speed. As soon as one cell phone comes out with the newest technology, it is already obsolete. Scientific advancements, putting space rovers on the planets and moons boggle the mind. Parents and students communicate with teachers via the internet, email, facebook, twitter, and other technologies I don’t even know about. Where is the down time? When do we rejuvenate? Western medicine offers remedies for the symptoms, physical ailments like colitis and migrains, but isn’t it better to work on the root cause of the problem?
First, become the observer of your life. Notice what hits your “hot” button. What puts you on the defense? What triggers you from peace to fear?
Have you ever had the same types of problems over and over in your life, relationships, career, balancing the checkbook? Any problems you have had three times or more in your life, has something to do with you not learning some lesson about it. If it’s relationships, do you always get hurt in the same way? What is your pattern? It helps here to take personal responsibility for your actions, not the other persons. Take a good look at what makes you tick; the same with personal finances. Calmly get to know yourself better so you can take better care of yourself. As you get to know yourself better, you will come to realize what a wonderful gift you are, to yourself and others.
One of the best things you can do for yourself to reduce or eliminate stress and anxiety, is to try not to react to anything, anymore. Decide ahead of time how you want to proceed in any given matter. The people we live with know how to push our buttons. We know how to push others peoples button also. Imagine what your life would be like if you stopped reacting to things. That takes so much stress away. Integrity comes back to you because not reacting puts you back in control of your life. No matter what happens, you can handle it.
Decide ahead of time the things that are important to you, how you feel about them, and how you will portray yourself in the world around you. Once you stop reacting to people, places and things, no one will be able to pull your puppet strings. You will not be able to be manipulated anymore. You will calmly take care of the things and people you need to without trying to turn yourself into a pretzel.
When you try on new behaviors, it will feel odd, as if you are wearing two left shoes. Deciding to not react to anything ever again will bring more peace than you can imagine. Some people love the drama, and can’t imagine not reacting to any and everything. Allow others the right to their feelings. It is interesting to watch people, when you step out of the character trait they are used to, like reacting to their stimulus, they do not know what to do. You also do not need to explain your life away to others. These are just a few tips that can help break stress and anxiety cycles.