"The trappings of lifestyle are often that -- traps."
~ Thomas Leonard, Coach
Americans spend over $4 billion a year on over-the-counter pain relieves for headaches. Prevention costs nothing. Stress management skills help you maintain an upbeat level of energy and increased vitality. You can learn to identify and control stress triggers.
Over-stressed Rx = Get a life!
This cliche is usually said with sarcasm. However, it is actually very good advice. Are you among the multitude that invests in an overly abundant lifestyle? Do you think you need that new car, boat or expensive vacation to feel important and successful? Would life be perfect if you had that new suit, a diamond ring, a bigger TV?
Our homes have become a warehouse for possessions that enhance our lifestyle but fall short of enhancing our life. Americans are good consumers. The Madison Avenue philosophy ensnares us every day.
What would happen if you turned your resources -- time, energy and money -- toward investing in your life instead of a hectic lifestyle?
- Imagine how much better you would feel if eight hours of sleep became more important than the new sitcom on TV or time spent surfing the web?
- How much would you enhance your life if you spent time reading a book rather than wandering through the mall with credit card in hand?
- Have you ever stopped to realize how much your time is really worth? Do you want to continue spending time to work and earn money so you can acquire more stuff which necessitates more money and time just to maintain, store, repair, clean... ?
- What about the effects that clutter (the excess in your life) has on your physical and mental health?
- Have you ever thought about how clutter invades your happiness and peacefulness?
Rather than acquiring stuff, start feeding your life. A constant flow of money earned/money spent increases stress in all aspects of life. However, a well-nourished life keeps the stress level down. Reducing stress means making choices that are important to you. There are always choices, so choose wisely.
I am not suggesting that you abandon work, throw out everything you own and run away to the mountains. Just take some time and consider what you need to feel alive. Start making the shift from acquiring more stuff to acquiring more peaceful moments. Be mindful of the tasks you undertake. Concentrate on your health, your family, your friends. You are the only person responsible for reducing your stress level.