This is part one of a two part article that is about something very important, and near and dear to my heart since I am a born perfectionist in a multitude of ways. Being this way has been a blessing as well as a curse in my life. It has allowed me to achieve a great many of my goals.
However, it has also lead me to be a natural worrier, and I tend to feel out of control and helpless a lot if I can’t 100% control the outcome of a situation. For this reason I’ve taken a lot of precautions to relieve stress in my life.
Monthly massages, yoga practice and herbal supplements for anxiety are a few of them. I also will take to an entire day of doing nothing but slacking off watching television on the rare occasion when I just can’t take the stress any more, and these all work wonders for me.
It’s the nearing the end of January and, if we haven’t already thought about it, it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. My personal New Year’s resolution may seem unusual or uncommon but it actually makes a lot of sense for many of us. It is to stop stressing so much about the little details and responsibilities of everyday life.
In order to do that, we must realize that stress is a part of everyday life and it is inevitable. We do get to choose, to a large degree, how we respond to stress. My New Year’s resolution is to realize and believe that it will all work out if steps are taken to take care of the stressors, i.e., finances, relationships or work issues.
This is, for me, a valuable New Year’s resolution as the signs and symptoms of a dysfunctional response to stress are many. Anxiety, as a response to stress, is actually functional, up to a certain point.
An example of this would be as a motivator to prepare for a speech or a big test that is coming up. Anxiety that comes out of nowhere and becomes overwhelming can lead to chronic worrying, fear and a constant feeling of unease.
This kind of anxiety will translate into a host of physical and psychological symptoms. Chronic anxiety and fears can lead to an avoidance of daily responsibilities, such as going to work, to school, partaking in social activities or dealing with ongoing bills or home maintenance issues. When anxiety is extreme and constant, it can lead to psychological depression.
Attitude and a faith in yourself and significant others to work through life’s responsibilities and frustrations will help to alleviate chronic anxiety and depression. Attitude can help to rediscover joy and pride in jobs well done. Overcoming frustrations and pitfalls can help you to continue working your way through stressful situations and it can boost your confidence and self esteem.
Hope you enjoyed part I of Taking Control of Your Stressors. Part II will be published shortly.