Thoughts on Stress

by Catherine Pulsifer

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Stress, anxiety, tension, worry affect every age group, from teenagers to the elderly. Each stage of life brings different forms of stress, but stress is felt by all.  An example of this:  when you are young you worry and stress  about your parents; when you are older you worry and stress about your children. Many times our own frame of mind will determine our own mental state that will determine the amount of stress you feel.


What Provokes Stress?
  - difficulties or troubles in our life can provoke stress if we let it.
 -  the pace of our lives can cause strain; we need to condition our thinking to eliminate unnecessary stress and allow time for relaxation.
- creating mountains out of molehills; thinking about and making issues larger than they are
- worrying about what other people will think
- doing nothing about something we could fix
- trying to control something that is out of our hands


Reflect On These Words
  • "Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important."
    Natalie Goldberg


  • "Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles."
    Charlie Chaplin


  • "To avoid stress means to recognize how it starts. If you are your own worst enemy, then know what not to do. If there is an external cause, work to eliminate it if you can. If you are unable to eliminate the cause, that is, it is something beyond what you can influence or control, either take a completely new tack or strategy to place it in a secondary role in your life, or accept it for what it is and quit fretting over it because the more you think about it, the bigger you are giving it a voice in your life."
    Theodore W. Higgingsworth


  • "No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive."
    Dr. Joyce Brothers


  • "Maintaining that sense of calm has been identified as key to success in other high stress endeavors."
    Rick Mathis, Stay Calm


  • "Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it."
    Oprah Winfrey


  • "Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future."
    Swami Sivananda


  • "This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men."
    Captain J. A. Hadfield


  • "It is not the requirements of the task itself that create pressure; it is our perceptions of those requirements that create the pressure."
    Martin Turner, Jamie Barker, What Business Can Learn From Sport Psychology


  • "What's the use of worrying? It never was worthwhile."
    George Asaf


  • "Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously."
    Og Mandino


  • We make our own world by the way in which we think; for we really do live in a world of our own thoughts.
    Emmet Fox, Make Your Life Worth While


  • Remember, there are challenges in every path you take, any journey you begin and any opportunity you embrace.
    Israelmore Ayivor, Mine Your Gold


  • I truly believe that reading stories of how others have persevered through their life’s adventures will help you to discover positivity in your own life.
    David Mezzapelle, 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People


  • Reacting to the world with a smile instead of a curse, a wave instead of the middle finger, will actually help you live longer.
    Russell Simmons, Super Rich


  • Moving to a new home, changing jobs, getting married, having a child, retirement, the list goes on and on. How we cope, how we adapt to changes in our life will determine our success or failure.
    Catherine Pulsifer


  • Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind's tearing tension.
    Sri Chinmoy


  • I truly believe that reading stories of how others have persevered through their life’s adventures will help you to discover positivity in your own life.
    David Mezzapelle, 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People


To Summarize
You control your mind, you determine how much stress you are feeling. Identify the source of the stress then take action or let it go.  Don't sit and think about things, do something!  Keeping a positive attitude and mindset that looks for solutions rather than whining, complaining, or worrying will make life much easier and happier.


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