Sometimes stress creeps up on you without you knowing it. Your muscles start tensing up, thoughts are running through you head 10 miles a minute, and you over-react at your loved ones for no good reason. The other day, I snapped at my boyfriend for leaving his cups half full. I blamed him for leaving his cups half full because I accidentally spilled the water on the floor twice while loading them in the dishwasher.
Yes. Isn’t that ridiculous?
A calm, rational, unstressed me would normally not get so flustered and flabbergasted. For some weird reason, when I hear of people exercising and taking care of themselves, I judged them and thought that they weren’t “tough” enough, they weren’t “busy” enough like me who had no time for exercise.
Then I realized I was being an idiot. We all need to put time in for exercise. Stress creeps up on us and affects our perspective on life without us knowing it. If we let it get carried away, it affects our jobs (your colleagues can tell when you are a cranky coworker, as much as you like to deny it) our relationships (yelling at your boyfriend or girlfriend for no reason is just not a good idea), and most importantly, our well-being. The other day, I went for a run. It was raining. Leaves were on the ground. I didn’t have the right shoes. But it felt great. I need to keep this up as an outlet for my stress.
Let’s face it. We can’t control what happens to us.
The only thing we can control is our thoughts and our actions.
Fear, anxiety, worry, and anger are time-consuming and energy-sucking emotions. They need not be.
As individuals who are constantly striving to be better people we need to be cognizant of our thoughts and actions, and how these affect others.
I find this quote both comforting for the mind and for alleviating the materialistic comforts in which many of us resort to:
“My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand”
Readers, how do you deal with stress?
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