Five Misconceptions about Stress:
1. You always know when you’re under stress. Often you become so accustomed to stress that you’re unaware of it. You can suffer the effects even though you don’t feel tense. Stress often changes the way you treat others (impatient/dismissive) even in the absence feeling anxiety.
2. Stress is something which affects only those who have high-pressure lives. Many ordinary individuals experience the constant stress of worry, leading unfulfilled lives or of not being what they would like to be.
3. The only reliable way to lower stress is to change your surroundings or to take medication. Actually, the most reliable and effective way of reducing stress is to change your outlook on life. Stress comes from the way in which you perceive the world.
4. Stress is caused by events that happen to you. Paraphrasing the philosopher Epictetus, it’s not the events in themselves that cause your distress, but rather the view you have of the events.
5. Emotions have a will of their own and can’t be controlled. You can change your feelings by first changing your behavior. You can act your way into different thinking. For example, getting an hour of work done can keep you from worrying about it. Creating a new understanding of a situation can make it less threatening or stressful.
1. Take a few minutes throughout the day when you feel stressed to close your eyes and breathe.
2. Give your self the gift of massage or yoga.
3. Schedule rest into your day and make it a priority.
4. Say NO to social commitments that you feel obligated to go to but not excited about.
5. Play with your dog/cat/child or your inner child!