The world is a stressful place. People no longer have the luxury of just enjoying life. There are too many stressors waiting on the telephone, at the front door, or in the mail. The world has become more violent, in part, due to stress. People become desperate when they lose their jobs or have no money.
Marriage, divorce, new job, lost job, becoming a parent, no money, losing a parent, and even retirement—these are all filled with stress which can impact the emotional stability of a person.
To determine if a person is experiencing stress, see if he/she is affected by any of these stress related illnesses: irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headaches, high blood pressure, and diarrhea.
Seldom do people relax and relish their lives anymore. Pay attention to people who are constantly talking on their cells phones even while they are in a restaurant or texting while they are supposed to be watching a movie. Heaven forbid if there were a way to tell how many teenagers text while they are driving.
How is this stressful! People never stop! Sometimes the brain needs a rest. Occasionally, the cell phones, the television, and life in general need to stop. A person should sit down with some kind of a drink and let the mind just be. No stress!
Much of the stress that people live with daily is self-inflicted. I have a friend who gets up every morning and immediately is late. She never prepares for the next day. She rummages through her clothes, never gets to eat breakfast, drives like a bat out of hell to get to her job. The rest of her day is just like that.
When she began losing her hair and was a nervous wreck, the doctor told her that she had too much stress in her life. Her whole body was out of “whack.” [That was the doctor’s diagnosis.] He gave her some pills and told her to slow down and smell the roses. Did she change? For about a week, she laid her clothes out, fixed the bowl of cereal for the next day, and set the clock back. She even went to bed earlier. Unfortunately, something happened, and she returned stressful morning rush.
People do not help themselves. Oprah Winfrey describes something that she does every day that she refuses to give up. She has a beautiful tea set, and at a certain time every day, she stops everything and has a cup of tea out of her lavish tea set. Her words were “I am treating myself and stopping to just sit and be me.” Everyone needs to follow her lead and treat himself to a special time of just sitting and being.
Go out in the back yard and yell or whisper: Stop! Leave me alone. I am doing my best. Get off my back. I am okay. Life is good. I am happy.
To further help, always refer to this thought: Nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth losing your health to. Get rid of any stressful, or anxious thoughts. Choose to think only positive thoughts.
Now, go get the drink and sit down and just be for at least fifteen minutes.