Stress is always going to be a part of our lives
Stress is knocking on your door.
Stress is there when you wake up or go to bed.
But we need it in life and it can put us into a mental rut, a place of hopelessness and a place we want to escape.
Whatever you want to call it, it is the experience of going nowhere in your life. It can seem like you cannot make the right choices or seem to move forward and this can become a challenge for many people.
Having a mental block is just one of those things that unexpectedly pop up in your life. It just won’t seem to go away no matter how much you try to shake it off.
It happens to anyone and everyone at some point.
It doesn’t matter if you live a stress free life or have the mental fortitude as tough as a castle wall. A mental blockage will pop up in the most unexpected of times and when it does it will be up to you to face it head on and overcome the obstacle.
Daily stress is a critical factor that pulls you into a mental rut
Having to go through a mental rut personally and just recovered as I’m writing this article, I know it horrible it is to just be stopped dead in your tracks when you had so much momentum going on in your life. I want to break down how these situations occur and how to go about it. One of those most common occurrences is daily stress. All too often we are faced with stress coming from multiple directions all at once and constantly bombarding us day in day out. We get it from family, friends, children, at school, the workplace or in your social life and it tends to creep up on us.
Positive stress is needed in order for growth and change at a manageable level but too much of it could result in a meltdown.
With all the different pressures placed upon us in this society that we live in, is it easy to fall into this trap and not know that it is slowly building up.
We have to be self-aware and realize when a negative build up of stress is present
Over time when it becomes too much our body cannot take anymore of the stress.
The problem with this is being pushed to the limit and then involuntarily having a sudden outburst could lead to very impulsive and unwarranted actions. This can lead to actions we may later regret such as lashing out at someone close to us. We may potentially physically hurt someone or verbally mock or abuse a close friend due to the unleashing of built up stress.
I am sure you have seen this happen in your life.
This is why we must learn to process these feelings and deal with them before they get out of hand.
We live in such a fast paced society that most of us forget to take a moment to breathe and tend to ourselves. We have come to the lifestyle of work, work, work and it’s in these moments where the stresses accumulate.
The secret to overcoming the mental fog is to stop, be still and become present to the moment
In order to start lifting the fog of this mental barrier that we’ve placed upon ourselves; we first have to stop.
Stop and take a moment to realize that your current speed in life is taking a toll on your well being.
The first objective before you do any further damage upon yourself is to stop what you are doing.
It may be hard to step away from your habits and behaviors that serve you at the time. However, if you are not careful you may lead to burn out due to not being aware of built up negative stress. The human body cannot go on one speed in life forever and balancing our hard work and rest is the key to maximizing your health.
It is better to be consistent than to be extremely productive and then having to stop due to burnout.
We can benefit in productivity to take the time to see what we are doing great or inefficient.
They say a smart person learns from their mistakes but a wise person and also learn from the mistakes of others.
I would suggest to take the time analyse your recent behavior and what has been going through your mind.
Become self aware of your mindset, behaviors and habits to take inventory of your life to reduce stress
On top of that, consider where you could try something new to innovate any part of your life. We can benefit by making small shifts in our mindset and behavior. That one shift could change your life forever, so I would invite you to look a what you could do differently.
For myself, I find that breathing in the moment resourceful.
Just letting out a deep breath allows myself to let go of all the tension inside my body.
From there I can try something new or different. Because without breathing, we cannot live. Depending on how you breathe you allow your body to contract or relax its muscles. The more intuitive you are with breathing and connecting with your body, the better you are able to heal your body.
Breathing deeply and connected can help reduce stress in your life
This is why yoga, meditation and many practices that involve the use of breathing are starting to become more popular.
I use myself an example of how to utilize breathing to reduce stress.
When my body is under stress, I acknowledge the type of stress that it is.
It could be positive or negative stress. But I have noticed that during times of negative stress, is time for me to rest.
During times of negative stress, If I have the choice I would rest
By rest do not lie around on the couch or going to sleep hoping that it would fix everything.
I mean rest as in resting from life’s stressful pressures and start giving my body and soul what it needs.
This could be just going for a walk to clear your mind to doing your favorite sports or activities.
Resting your mind is not limited to just physical play to let out your stress. You could also talk to someone about it. Whether it be family, friends or a co worker; find someone you trust and can really be honest talking to your feelings about.
Know that they may not understand you but they are there for you. By speaking to a close friend or family it can literally take the weight of the world off your shoulders. It will clear up the pain from within and you will benefit from the love and support others can give.
Whatever it is you decide to do to reduce stress I would invite you to do something you are comfortable with.
You do not want to get forced into playing a sport you don’t like or talking to someone you don’t enjoy being around.
Do not create further stress in order to solve a problem
Even professionals need someone to talk to and have a way to reduce stress in their busy lives. Just look at doctors, counselors, psychiatrist etc. It is in their profession to help others and listen to their stories in order to provide advice and help those recovery. Yet those same people benefit from having others care and love for them as well.
Partake in the activities you enjoy and surround yourself with people that make you happy
Take a step back because there is no rush in the journey of life
If you are feeling stressed or close to an emotional meltdown, take a step back and breathe.
Use that pent up frustration to do something else and turn that negative energy into positive energy.
We can’t tackle challenges in life if we are not in the right mind frame.
We are only human so don’t be so hard on yourself when things do go as plan.
It’s okay to stop and have a moment to yourself.
You can take a day, a week or a month off if you need to get into the right mindset.
Life is not linear or gradual.
We may have a very good week, month or year but we will also have some off days, weeks or months where we are just not feeling ourselves and that’s okay.
Part of life is going through its experiences and being able to keep a good attitude no matter what comes your way.
I know that when I was writing this I was not feeling my best yet I continued to go through until the end and here we are.
So now that you’ve listened let’s hear your story.
How has your week been?
Are you ok?
Would you like to talk to someone about it?
Let me know how you go and I hope you have a lovely week! 🙂