Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What Causes Stress ? One Technique That Helps

You are obviously stressed - right? Stress is all about not being able to cope with the stuff you feel you have to do. If someone tells you to 'chill out', you feel like punching them because you just can't 'chill out'. If you could, you wouldn't have stress, would you? Maybe you start on one thing but another thing pulls you off the first thing because you feel it is more important. Then you think of something else that needs to be done urgently.....then another... and so it goes on. Many stressed people run about like headless chickens, flitting from one thing to another without achieving anything but stressing themselves. STOP. Just try this and see if it helps. First of all, take a deep breath and realise that world will still go on without us if we drop down dead now. It is a sad fact that the things that you did not do, someone else will do - whether it is at work, or in the home. That is life - it continues without you. Second, sit down and make a list of all the things you need to get done or the things that are urgent. Third, put them in order with the most utterly, completely urgent one at the top and the rest in order of urgent-ness. Now, focus on that top one and leave the rest until it is done. Remember, life will go on without you, so you can only do your best at any particular moment. Go and do that now. If you want to come back and read more, you can at another time. You will feel so much better when you know that you have accomplished the top thing that is causing you stress. Then you can concentrate on the next one, but not yet.... wait until you have done the one causing you the most stress.


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