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If we had to pinpoint the source of unhappiness, stress (in all its forms) would be a likely culprit. It comes from every possible angle, from work responsibility to romantic relationships, things beyond our control like weather and equipment malfunctions to anxieties and problems that are entirely self-generated. Stress is everywhere – it just comes in many, many forms.
Not only are there many types of stress, it also affects different people in different ways. Some people thrive on it, others buckle – and everything in between. It’s something we can relate to in others, but never quite fully understand because we all experience stress differently – and get stressed out by different things.
Stress doesn’t really go away with career success, money, family, healthy relationships, or any of the other stuff we seek out to build our happiness. It may change forms, but it will never truly go away.
Poverty is stressful, so is managing a massive and lucrative investment account. Loneliness can cause stress, so can navigating social circles or large families. Jobs of all kinds, mundane activities, huge existential questions, anxiety about the unknown, fear, physical injuries, illness – these are potentially stress inducing experiences that just about everyone has to face. There’s no getting around them.
So if there’s no escaping stress, what are we supposed to do?
The short answer: learn to deal with it.
Just as we all experience stress in different ways, and from sources unique to our own lives, we have to develop our own ways of coping with it. The most important thing to understand about this need to create your own path to stress relief is this: there are healthy ways and unhealthy ways to deal with stress, and you have to know the difference.
Turning to drugs, alcohol, binge eating, self-harm, lashing out at others, and other destructive behaviors are certainly the unhealthy route, and should be avoided – no matter how much better they may make you feel. Any relief gained in this way will be temporary, and likely lead to even more stresses in the future.
On the other side of the coin, there are plenty of healthy ways to relieve stress like yoga, meditation, exercise, music, a walk in nature, and a host of other nondestructive activities.
The point is to recognize that stress is just a part of life. You can develop your own ways of coping, and when the stressors start to pile up, you’ll have a way to handle it in a way that you know works for you.
I’d love to hear what you do to relieve stress. Leave me a comment below.
I’ve put together twelve tips for putting the “HAPPY” back into Your “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” after the loss of a loved one. Check out my TENTH tip:
Make sure to take some time for yourself. In the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s easy to get caught up in doing so much for other people that you forget to take some time for yourself. Learn a couple tips on how to treat yourself here:
I’ve put together twelve tips for putting the “HAPPY” back into Your “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” after the loss of a loved one. Check out my sixth tip: Take a walk! The hustle and bustle of the holidays can get to the best of us, and getting out into nature is a great way get fresh air and reconnect with yourself. It’s a perfect opportunity to welcome signs from your loved ones.
Today we have a guest blogger, my writing coach Caroline (Carrie) Allen at Art of Storytelling. Carrie helped me write my book, The Art of Living Happy. She is passionate about helping artists, writers, and all creative types align with their creative power. Aligning with our creativity is one of many sources of true happiness.
In this video, she shares a guided meditation that you can use to meet your artistic archetype – your muse – to talk to her, and to ask her questions about your writing or art project. It’s a powerful meditation that can break through blocks to pure creative joy.
She’s also currently running an exciting e-course called Creative Writing 101 that uses a writing project to help blow open your creative soul and remove the blocks. You can purchase gift certificates for the e-course on her site. What a great holiday gift! Check it out at http://www.artofstorytellingonline.com/#!e-courses/c1i0c.
Improving Your Life with Each Breath
Are you stressed? Would you like to experience improved health of your body, mind and spirit? Are you looking for more meaning in your life? Would you like to learn how to relax with inner peace?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please join Lisa Jones, creator and proprietor of “Art of Living Happy” for a fun, relaxing, and informative workshop on meditation.
- Sunday, November 13, 2011
- 4pm – 6pm
- Basil Yoga, Union Hall – 2 Keeler Lane, North Salem NY 10560
- $30/if registered before 11/13
- $45/day of event
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. Since ancient times, regular meditation has been linked to an increase in feelings of happiness, creativity and peace of mind. While the highest and original purpose of meditation is to help us awaken our inner, spiritual nature, the benefits to body and mind are well established by medical research.
In this welcoming small class environment, you will learn how meditation can reduce stress, improve your health and boost concentration. Lisa Jones will use her own Art of Living Happy meditation techniques to provide a quality-learning environment while offering time for individual questions and in-depth exploration. The class includes guided and silent practice time.
Click here to sign up.