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Mind Matters- Stress & How to Deal with It-

Updated on February 2, 2014

Mind Matters & How to Deal with It

Our society prides itself on the fast and productive lifestyle. As technology becomes even more intelligent, we are running as if we have a race to win. What happened to being home from work and actually relaxing. Drive-in's, fast food, running here, there and everywhere. Have you ever asked your self, " what is it all for?" We should take a step back and remember that we need to pay attention to what our mind and body is telling us. As a society, ulcers, gastro-intestinal issues, migraines and anxiety are common place. Are we listening? As a psychotherapist in the field, what I hear most is how do I juggle everything that life is throwing at me?

First, remember, you do not have to keep this fast pace. It is a choice. Slow down and smell the roses. Stress comes in two forms: One is the normal every day stress we all have to deal with as human beings. To live in our physical world means that stress is going to occur. The second type of stress is the stress we feel when we have a life changing event that is positive, but it is still stress. This stress is eustress. Again, eustress is a God given fact of life.

The stress factor in which we have control over is where we should focus our minds and hearts. Let's face it, life is hard. Life has joys and life has pain. Lets look at ways we can find our serenity and change the life choices we are making.

  • Self care- This may sound simple and cliche' but really ask your self how your self care looks. Are you paying attention to nutrition, exercise, and participating in ways to feed your soul?

  • If you pray or meditate, are you setting times during the day to focus your energy here?

It is true that "birds of a feather, flock together." Are you surrounding your self with those of whom you feel positive around? I am always amazed when people keep hanging around those who pull them down or are psychic vampires. Please love your self and ask how you feel after your with your friends and family. If your energy is drained after an interaction, you need to think about why your with that person.

  • Balance is the key. Look at all the areas in your life. Write a list of those areas and how much time your spending on them. Where are you putting your energy? That is the question to ask and if you find your putting too much energy into one area, that is where the stress will start to show.

Go outside tonight and gaze at the stars. What a wonder and joy it is to look at God' s creation. It is free for the taking.

© Laura Rogers Arne


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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Looking at nature is a healing touch. The stars are a beautiful expression of how light can shine through the darkness. Meditation and prayer really help one to relax and focus on life's beauty. Very inspirational hub.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

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      Thanks so much for commenting. Birds of a feather..

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Healing Touch, I do believe that prayer, positive thinking and surrounding yourself with positive people does make a difference in you level of stress. Great job.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      I must agree. When I am in my bible study, I am so grounded. I am glad this part of self care rang true for you. Good luck to you and your husband. Slowing down is so important.

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      Very good hub, my husband and I were discussing today how we need to get closer to God, we are both Christian and the best time in our life was when we were in bible study just the two of us, it was wonderful, but we do let life consume us and we have decided to do something about it.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      I am glad you found this hub useful. Glad to follow. Thanks for stopping by

      Healing touch

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      I found this hub useful. I like your idea about surrounding yourself with positive people and taking time for yourself. For some reason I do not do this enough.