Stress Can We Control It
Author: Catherine Pulsifer, ©2009
Can we control the stress in our lives? An interesting question.
Recently, I read a short quote by Marcus Aurelius,
"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment."
I reflected on this quote and realized how true it was. Many times, we cause ourselves stress due to the importance we give to an event or a situation. The event, or situation, may have some impact on our lives, but when faced with a situation where you are feeling stressed ask yourself: truly how important is it? To determine the importance of the situation ask yourself the following nifty questions:
- is it a life threatening situation?
It is difficult not to feel stress when you are in a life threatening situation, or those that you love, are in that situation. For sure that will have an impact on you down the road. And, this will create stress for you.
But, what I am referring to is everyday situations where we get ourselves stressed out by things that are not important. The day to day events in our lives we do have control of. And we do determine the importance we attach to it, resulting in the amount of stress we feel.
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