Stress is not unique to me, to you, to veterans, to trauma victims, to stay at home parents, or to full-time executives. “ Ya, ya, everybody’s got stress; I know that. What’s the big deal?” you may be asking. Well, the fact that everyone deals with stress…
That’s actually good news.
But why? Because we all have stress, we don’t have to get bogged down in feeling like we’re the only ones going through what we’re going through. That’s at least a starting point anyway! Feeling like “I’m the only one dealing with this” can cause us to isolate and avoid healthfully dealing with things as they are.
** You can trust yourself to handle life’s challenges…and that you don’t have to face them alone. **
Also, it empowers us to know that how we view stress changes it immensely.
Now, how can we view stress in a way that HELPS us?
Don’t think all stress is bad stress. We don’t want to get rid of it…
We want you to get better at stress.
How do you think about stress? The thought alone changes how your body processes it.
YOUR STRESS RESPONSE HAS A BUILT IN MECHANISM FOR STRESS RESILIENCE.
Turns out I’m not the only one who knows that caring creates resilience.
In other words: empathy builds resilience! (I kind of talk about that a little bit in my book, Just Roll With It).
So, go after what creates meaning in your life and trust that you can handle the stress that follows. You got this! 🙂