- Mental Health
An Open Letter to Stress
We need to talk. Do you realize how annoying you are?
You aren't a friend. You are a foe. You have a tendency to pop up when least expected and you always overstay your welcome.
Haven't you ever heard of the golden rule about phoning before a visit? Maybe I'm too busy for you, or possibly not up to entertaining.
It's rude to just show up and stick around when you really aren't wanted.
How about we make a truce? I'll call you over when I want you to visit. Don't expect a call anytime soon though.
You are irritating and not very kind. I think it's time we end our relationship. No hard feelings. You go your way and I'll go mine.
We could take what we have learned during your visits and go from there. I've picked up a few tricks of the trade on how to deal with you. So, bite me.
Lessons to learn from stress
- I've learned that I shouldn't allow you to control me. There are days when you might have the upper hand, but I've learned that I also do.
- I learned that laughter is beneficial to make you go away, but you don't like that. Oh well.
- I also learned that a really good workout not only burn calories, but burns you away! You think you are so smart, but you aren't.
I could allow you to torment me or I could brush you away. OK, there are some days when you don't go away as easily. I've considered turning to alcohol, but opted out due to the useless calorie intake. I've considered medications, but opted out due to the fact that I wouldn't remember to take them...due to being stressed. I've considered slapping you upside the head, but that would only hurt me.
- I've learned different ways to relax to avoid you.
- I play with my granddaughter and her friends. I listen to them tell me stories and I watch them play. Those precious moments place things into perspective for me. Watching children play and listening to them laugh reminds us of the joy in life.
- I also learned that going shopping will keep you away. You don't like to shop obviously because you never visit me while I am browsing the aisles.
The word on the street is that crying releases stress. Seriously? Who has time to cry during stressful moments? You are such a nuisance.
Vow to de-stress
You don't have many fans. That's sad. You are an unwanted visitor to many.
- Have you considered lightening up a bit and backing off?
- Have you considered playing in traffic?
- Taking a long walk off a short pier?
- Jumping in a lake?
- How about jumping off a bridge?
- Or taking a hike among a pack of wolves?
Take your pick or better yet do them all. Those sound like wonderful options that you might want to take into consideration.
You cause many needless health issues. High blood pressure, weight gain, irregular heartbeats, anxiety disorders, facial twitches, premature aging...need I go on?
Did you know that up to 90 percent of visits to the doctor are caused by visits from you? Yep, you are the culprit! How rude! Not only are you making people sick, but you are making doctors richer! Shame on you! Did you know that the majority of people who take anti-depressants aren't depressed, they are stressed! Guess who caused their ailments? One guess...You.
I will give you credit for one thing. Only one. You do remind us that we are still alive and breathing when we need to deal with you. Must you be so brutal though? Bits and spurts every now and then might be OK, but there is no need to go full force ahead.
We need to learn to control you better instead of you controlling us.
We need to learn how to de-stress. We need to train our brains to avoid you.
- A healthy diet
- Daily exercise
- Meditation is always an option
- Yoga is highly recommended
- Medication via a medical physician not the neighborhood drug dealer
- Chewing gum also helps The chewing motion sends a soothing message to the brain.
In other cases alcohol and drugs work. I do not encourage unhealthy lifestyles. In the meantime I will do my best to avoid you because you can be a downer.
I apologize if I was a bit rough with you. Not really! Be gone! Scoot! Move along. Don't watch out for traffic! Bye-bye!
Song to help reduce stress!
Will you forward this letter to stress?
© 2012 Linda Bilyeu