Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Mitigating Stressors - Focus on the Now

Being stressed out is no way to live your life. Unfortunately, stress has a profound effect on the majority of people’s lives. This is not only because they have full lives with deadlines, jobs, obligations, and other issues, but because they also have no idea how to deal with stress when it comes their way. 

People become stressed out for many reasons, whether it is because they think their life is not panning out the way that it should, or because something is going wrong in their relationship or their job. Some people even feel stressed out when nothing is going wrong at all. This is because people are always thinking about the past and the future, what has happened and what is going to happen. While this kind of thought does have its advantages for planning and learning, it can often be overused, causing unnecessary and excessive amounts of stress. Whenever you feel as if you are being overwhelmed by all of the stressors in your life, one useful way to prevent that is to focus on the now. Are you sitting at a table, a desk? If so, take a moment to look around at your surroundings. Perhaps return a call to a friend or a loved one.

Sometimes the best way to deal with stress is to simply get out of your own head, to think about the world around you as it is, not as how it could be or how it was. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that life is lived one moment at a time. If you can do that, you can prevent a lot of stress that would otherwise overwhelm you.

Kathy Nowrey is a spa owner that always encourages her clients to focus on the here and now.