How do we feel it?
Although very individual, stress is something we have all experienced at some point, and a lot of the reactions we have are similar to what others around us feel as stress, too. We can experience a short moment of stress after which we relax, having solved the problem which caused it. However, stress can also stay there for a long time. The longer it stays, the less it is likely to go away, with the effect of feeling under pressure constantly, or as if you’ve forgotten something, having too much on your mind, go about things hastily and anxiously, feeling out of control ….and a long etc.
Stress does not only affect our minds, as many of us may think, it affects us on all levels, physically, mentally and emotionally. So when we think about how to resolve stressful situations sometimes we might not be looking in the right places. Simply trying to control our minds and actions does not resolve our problems in a comprehensive way. There are emotions that appear when we see ourselves stuck in a situation that often come from way back in our past. They condition us and form part of our personality. To be able to make a real change in our reactions to stress we have to learn to let go of this conditioning and that way make certain situations less stressful for us.
Some of us have been stressed for so long, we don’t even realise we are under constant pressure. We only feel the signs, when wellbeing or health issues like insomnia, migraine, digestive problems, high blood pressure or pains in different parts of the body call our attention. But still today, the most common thing is to take a pill or pain killer to stop what’s bothering us and to get back to work and to go on with our daily routine.
But, is that really the way we want to feel? Are we well and happy this way?
How many of us actually stop for a moment and reflect on how they are going about their daily lives? Why is it we keep running and rushing from one place to another and not taking a single minute to calmly breathe in and out? How come we always work for the future or for others, not taking into account that it’s our lives and they are taking place at this very instant?
So? How about stopping what you’re doing right now? And start becoming aware, just for a moment. This is the first step to an important change.