14. ARE YOU LIVING IN A LAND OF STRESS?
Are you affected by stress in your life? What kind of stress is it? If so, what are your coping mechanisms or strategies? Are you using them successfully? What plans do you have to reduce or lessen the stress? How do you protect yourself from further stress? You can become your own worst enemy with your thoughts, words and actions. If these words resonate, ask yourself:
WHEN DO I FEEL THE MOST STRESSED? WHEN DO I FEEL THE LEAST STRESSED? WHAT AFFECTS DOES STRESS HAVE IN MY LIFE? WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES RELAX AND RELEASE STRESS? IS THERE ANYONE I FEEL GOOD SPENDING TIME WITH? HOW CAN I LET GOD IN TO PLACE THE RIGHT KIND OF ENERGY BACK INTO MY LIFE?
Please ponder these questions. After all, you have a choice to make in responding to the stresses of life. The choice you make will affect the outcome of your future. Some choices will be easy, and some very difficulty. The easier choices you often discuss and encourage others to take them. What about you? The difficult choices are noted and yet in your business often ignored. What about the effects of your stress level - especially on long-term? How will its affect color your daily activities with your family and loved ones? Got your attention now?
HOW DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF WHEN YOU ARE STRESSED? You may wonder about your past, and think why does it matter. Look at the picture above regarding past violence and abuse in your life. If there was abuse, neglect or discord in your family, it will have an affect on your behavior now. If you have a history of abuse or neglect, please read my precious posts on Adverse Childhood Experience's, ACE's and boundaries. It is worth solving, otherwise unhealthy behavior will continue through you.
ARE YOU TURNING INWARD, ISOLATING OR WITHDRAWING TO PROTECT YOURSELF? DO YOU EXPLODE, REACT WITH AN ANGRY EXPLOSIONS? Turning inward or imploding is like stuffing a glass bottle full of rocks (stressful events in life), and ignoring the heavy rocks until the glass bottle shatters inwardly. Explosions are just the opposite. It is using your rage against another. Both are ways of safeguarding from hurts of life. Neither one of these coping mechanisms leads to healing or overcoming.
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