I’ve decided to start writing this blog, not only because there might be someone who can benefit from it, but also to get myself to pen down the myriads of ways I see people cope with stress and distressing situations. I am learning from so many people around me and would love to share this with you.
In my career, as a fast-paced designer who asks a lot of herself and a freelance business owner I regularly meet people who have peculiar ways of dealing with their stress. For some their ways of dealing with stress is completely successful. For others, there might be need of a bit of tweaking in their efforts. All and all I find myself giggling at some and stand bemused at others. Why not pen them down, even if it only serves as a memoir to myself in the end.
We all know by now that the right amount of stress at the right time can be great. It enhances your concentration and sharpens your senses so that you can perform at your peak for a certain situation. Long-term stress however, can be detrimental to your health. Everything in your body needs balance and it is this balance that better equips you to deal with little stresses and problems during the day. When situations make you stress for a prolonged period of time, not allowing your body the normal ebb and flow of rhythm, it cannot heal itself to make you ready for the next attack. Consequently, over time even the smallest problem will make your cup overflow and nobody around you will know why you are “overreacting”. The truth is, to you, it was just the cherry on the double-dark-chocolate-fudge-mousse cake.
Everything in life has a rhythm. Not only your body, like we mentioned just now, but also life itself goes through tides. You will know that there are happy times and troubled times. On a macro scale we can look at times of peace and war. On a micro scale you can look at relatively quiet times in the office and times with tight deadlines. What has caught my attention is the flow of prosperous times versus problematic times in my life. All aspects from emotional, physical, financial and spiritual life get tested. Sometimes all at once (very stressful times), other times we can handle one problem at a time, fine-tuning our ability to master our ability to handle a certain problem.
You are going through your own ebbs and flows. You are most possibly reading this because you are also looking for ways to handle this tide in your life. All I can say is that it stays a journey. But every journey thankfully has a destination and like a close friend of mine like to say: if it isn’t good, it isn’t the end yet.
I plan to have fun with this. If you have ways to handle stress and would like to share them with me, feel free to post a comment and share it with the world.