Stress is unavoidable and can fuel action. Needless stress has no upside, and is detrimental to a body already engaged in warding off illness or a life-threatening condition such as prostate cancer.
Today, let’s explore reducing needless stress, which is one of the elements of the XY Wellness Integrative Roadmap. For your consideration, here some suggestions to mull over:
Give up all hope for a better past. Regrets and grudges are a waste of your here and now. It how you take advantage of and use your here and now that will determine your future. Act accordingly.
Apparently, not everyone is in your hurry. Yes, I’m talking to you, buddy. Traffic is traffic, and is not our job to teach the world how to drive. That is just one example. The more we react to things that we cannot affect, more stress we needlessly inject into our daily life.
Avoid the avoidable and unnecessary sources of stress. Arguing over politics has as much chance of leading to a change in either party’s perspective as arguing over religious beliefs. So, what is the point? There is far too much self-induced and misdirected anger in America today. You have better things to do. Start by turning off cable news and social media.
Meditate, don’t medicate. If the term “meditation” seems too “New Age” despite it being an ancient practice, then let’s simply refer to it as gathering your thoughts. A few moments unplugged and off the grid not only will lower your stress level but will boost your available energy level.
But definitely naturally medicate. Tap into the powerful benefits of exercise, and enjoy a life riding a wave of dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and adrenaline: all so good it is hard to believe that they are both free and legal. The fitter you get, the less you will crave other stimulants that actually further stress your body and increase your stress levels.
Focus on your priorities. Understand what truly matters to you, and make certain that you are spending your time and energy accordingly. There is a difference between being busy and being successful. Set and act upon priorities that make sense for you. Otherwise, others will set your priorities for you. Are you using your time and energy to pursue what you value most? If the first thing you do upon arriving at work is to check and clear your e-mail inbox, what does that suggest?
Life is far simpler than we allow it to be. “No drama” is my mantra at work and in life, but don’t get my wrong: I am a work in progress on a good day. Nevertheless, before you get upset about something, ask yourself if you will even remember the issue in two weeks time. Lighten up, focus on the here and now, pursue what matters most to you, and do not forget to have a great time along the way.
Just saying. Now, more than ever, particularly in light of the remarkable context that we live in, please consider how you can recognize and then mitigate the portion of stress in your life that is needless and thus meritless.
Thank you, as always, for being a member of our XY Wellness community.
All the Best,
CEO & Co-founder