Today I want to share something with you that I believe can impact every area of your life, from work to finances to family and relationships. So let’s start here: The Times reported that over half the UK population are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives. 48% say stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional lives. 31% say they have difficulty managing work and family responsibilities because of stress.
That’s a lot of stress! How often do you feel stressed? Do you fit into the group that says their stress is affecting their personal and professional lives?
Stress is way too common in our society today. In fact, it seems to be a natural part of life. But , it doesn’t have to be part of your life. It doesn’t have to rule your life like it does to so many other people. It doesn’t have to destroy your relationships or hurt your health. Did you know 2 in 3 doctor visits are for stress-related illness? HELLO! No thank you!!!
We all have circumstances in our lives that can cause stress. It could be that you were just laid off and you’re not sure where your next paycheck is coming from. Or maybe you are going through some really hard, tough times with your spouse. You could have 3 teenagers in the house, and you’re wondering if they are argue with everything you say for the rest of their lives. But the bottom line is, stress is a choice. We have to decide if we will get stressed out, or if we will learn how to deal with the circumstances.
But see, our culture tells us that seeking help for problems such as these makes you weak, and that it’s something to be ashamed of. Are you kidding me?! , that could not be further from the truth!
Our society tells us to get rid of our stress through other ways – shopping, TV, food, drugs, alcohol, sex – anything that makes us feel good. But running away from stress does not make it go away. Pretending everything is okay will not fix anything! That actually causes more stress.
So what can you do about it? How do you de-stress? You can’t just hope things get better, or wish the stress would disappear. You can’t sit in front of the TV eating “comfort food” until things change – that will never happen! But unfortunately, that’s what most people are doing. You’ve got to attack the problem! You must find the source of the stress and make changes in order to decrease your stress.
It’s your choice. If you are dealing with stress in your finances right now, you have a choice to spend time and money on stupid things that might make you feel good for a little while, but will leave you with even more financial stress. Or you can choose to take a stand now against debt.
Or if you are like 55% of people who say they are stressed because they simply don’t have enough time to do the things they want to do, you could sit there and complain and wish you had more time. Or you could take time today to right some lists of priorities which will decrease your stress as you learn exactly how to design your life so you can finally do the things you really want to do.
It all comes down to this: Stress is a choice. You can stay stressed out, or you can find practical solutions. Which will you choose? We are here to help you eliminate stress in your personal and professional life. It’s time to get equipped to design your life instead of letting stress control you.
Stress is an epidemic, and it’s affecting people all around you and me. It is affecting people’s work, family, relationships, and personal lives. It is causing worry and anxiety, and making people less productive. It is even causing physical illness and psychological problems. And it’s time to put a stop to it! Let’s do what we can today, and spread this message around to our friends, family, and colleagues. I’m doing my part – will you do yours? Just forward this email, or post this link on Facebook and Twitter. I’d also really love to get your feedback on today’s Daily thoughts.
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