We are living in an era where political turmoil, death, anger, and sadness are profound realities in our world. In such a time, stress levels continue to rise—serving as a gateway to silent killers like heart disease and cancer.
To avoid these unfortunate realities, all while living a life free of stress and angst, a person must live with the intent to seek out the joy they hope to have.
These four steps will assist in finding joy, while avoiding stress, on a daily basis:
- Take a Knee. Much like children who receive a “time out” when they are being over anxious, we adults equally need a momentary break in our lives. When the phone continues to ring, the children continue to bring their problems, coworkers or our boss continue to present demands, and our spouses continue to show signs of neediness, we have to step back and give ourselves the space and time that we need to rejuvenate.
- Remember to Breathe. You don’t realize this but each time you feel stress your breath becomes shorter with each inhale and exhale. Your heart races faster, you begin to sweat, and your body jumps into survival (fight or flight) mode. This is completely natural and necessary for our ability to handle emergency situations. However, if this is your reaction to everyday stress, then you are in need of a deep inhale and a long exhale. Deep meditative breathing can assist in the blood flow, slow down your heart rate, and help to calm you when needed.
- Leave on Time. It may seem hard to believe but you place yourself in harm’s way when you rush out of the house to go somewhere. Leaving on time–whether you are going to work, a social event, or a meeting—can help you to reduce the level of stress that can occur when you feel the pressure of being late. Road rage is one of the results of this reality and has resulted in accidents and even death.
- Don’t Try to Analyze Someone Else’s Crazy. Many people are currently feeling the stress of existing in a fast paced world. Not everyone is willing to deal with their stress, and as a result, they tend to take their feelings out on those around them. When you are face to face with someone who attempts to take their aggression out on you without cause, please remember that it’s not your fault that they are so angry. You can’t control other’s anger or displeasure in this life but you can control your own. Try to remember that you are only responsible for yourself…not the happiness of others.
Living the life you love doesn’t have to be difficult. You can love the life you live and live the life you love the moment you take the time to do what is necessary to find you inner peace. It all starts with you…and ultimately, it ends with you as well.