Stress is part of our lives; it is unavoidable. I would love to meet someone who never experiences stress, but I don’t think they exist. You might be thinking you know someone who is always calm, never phased by anything. Ahh, yes, that might be true, but is it that they don’t have stress or are incredibly good at dealing with it?
Overloads of stress can be crippling. It can hold you back in multiple ways. Here are a few examples:
Impaired decision-making: When stressed, your ability to make good decisions can go out the window. You become indecisive and find it challenging to take action.
Reduced productivity: Stress can reduce your productivity. You might have problems focusing, get easily distracted, and begin to procrastinate.
Physical symptoms: Too much stress begins to affect your health. You may experience headaches, muscle tension, and feel fatigued. It is hard to be at your best when you feel like garbage.
Negative emotions: When the stress piles up, you feel very negative. You might experience anxiety, depression, and irritability. Your outlook on life is grim, and you begin to lack motivation, and it is hard to pursue goals.
Health problems: Finally, if unchecked, stress can lead to more severe health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and digestive issues. It is hard to have a fulfilling life if you are in poor physical health.
Overall, if not dealt with correctly, stress can have consequences that hurt not only you but everyone you care about. It makes good sense to take the time to learn coping mechanisms that can turn the most stressful situation into an annoying but manageable problem.
We cannot escape stress, but it doesn’t have to be our master. Learning to be resilient under fire can greatly improve your life and can provide you with the chutzpa you need to succeed in all areas of your life.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a program that could teach you everything you need to know to be that calm, collected person that someone knows?
I will have more to say about that in the very near future.
Until then, remember to always be resolved.