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How To Live a Stress Free Life
So you want to live a stress free life?
Then pinch yourself and wake up.
Sadly this is the real world and living stress free isn't possible.
But managing your stress and having control over your life will most certainly be a start.
You may be thinking, how come I can control my life but not be stress free?
Aren't they one in the same?
If you remember your high school or college health class then you'll remember there's Eustress and Distress.
Eustress = Good :)
Distress = Bad :(
But none the less we need both in our lives.
Quick History lesson:
Even before the times of jobs, commitments, and trying to get followers on Twitter- People had stress. And true stress, the kind that meant life or death.
Choices between getting eaten by a wild animal or starving- Back in the cavemen days.
So humans have a "built in" Fight or Flight Response from our ancestors. Cool, right?
Now think about the times you used the Fight or Flight Response, which basically means did you stay and conquer your problems/fears or did you run away and watch Netflix for the entire day?
Personally, I don't know how my back hasn't sprouted wings because of all the times I flew from my problems. Just adding more distress to my life...
Steps to Taking Control of Your Life:
1) Notice the sources of Eustress and Distress in your life. Write them all down and pinpoint where they come from most. Example: More distress can come from work and eustress from friends. Or vice versa!
2) After locating the sources, write down the exact causes. This will help you notice if the changes can be fixed or will just have to be managed. Example: If your desk is unorganized then you can simply take 30 minutes to organize it then be on your merry way! But if someone at work is giving you trouble then you'll have to deal with it and get by.
3) Last step is gaining support for this change in your life. If you want to be taken seriously that you ARE making a change in your life, then tell your friends and family and even the people you work with. Especially if someone is the source of your eustress or distress, tell them. They may not know the good or the bad that they are doing to you.
The picture above doesn't have to be you, by taking the time to manage your stress instead of trying to get rid of it, you can greatly impact your life.
Remember: No wave of a magic wand can fix your problems or make them disappear, you have to do it.