Stress is a completely natural reaction to a dangerous situation. For example, if a hunter gatherer was searching for berries and runs into a tiger, they would immediately drop everything and deal with the problem at hand; they would run as far away as possible. This is simple to understand, and for the most part is a great tool in the psychological kit of human beings. However, this doesn’t translate well in the modern world.
In the modern world, there is no clear tiger staring you down that you need to escape from. The primitive runs away from the tiger and he is safe. His stress vanishes. The problem with the modern world is that there are thousands of little tigers all vying for attention. It could be debt, work, family, the economy, and politics, just to name a few. Because of this, it’s impossible to truly escape from the modern tigers. They are all around you and new ones pop up every day. The trick to getting rid of stress is to change your perspective.
A man once asked the Buddha, “Buddha, I want to be happy.” The Buddha said, “First take away I, that is ego. Second, take away want to be, that is desire. Now all there is left is happy.” This story teaches an important lesson for people trying to overcome stress. In the end, stress is caused by your reaction to a situation. To get rid of stress, you need to find out what the priorities in your life are and make everything else secondary. Do you care more about family or about work? Ask yourself this question carefully, because the answer is important. Once you have your priorities straight, you can start the process of planning.
If your priorities include the safety of your home, perhaps you should invest in a home security system. There are tons of providers out there and homesecurityinfo.com is just one example of many. Create a plan, act accordingly and stop worrying about it. Do this for each one of your priorities. If you want to lose weight, create a plan that’s easy to stick to and do it consistently. Take life step by step because life happens gradually. You will not be the person you want to be in a day or maybe even fifty years. If you keep working at it, however, you’ll get there eventually.
The three simple steps are: identify your priorities, plan accordingly, and don’t worry about it. Worrying does not cause anything but harm. If you are worried about something you can change, change it. If you are worrying about something you cannot change, then stop worrying. It is a pointless endeavor that will only cause you mental anguish. Stress is a primitive reaction to an outside stimulus that is possible to stop with the right perspective.
Guest blog by – Savannah Brandt
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