Does making a list of things that increase stress on a daily basis help or hinder people’s ability to resolve stress permanently?
In this article, The Active Times lists 15 items including: overwhelm, being a people pleaser, commuting to work, drinking coffee, eating unhealthy food, having a negative attitude, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, overthinking, overworking, procrastinating, relationship issues, smoking using a smart phone or venting your feelings.
Now. The real question to ask is this: if you actually did something about at least one of these issues would you be less stressed?
IN and of itself the answer is “No”. An all all-encompassing definition of stress that I like to use is this: stress is when you are: struggling to achieve something, straining against something, are coming from a position of lack, are stuck in a rut, have any tension or pain in your body/mind. This means that what contributes to stress, i.e. adds to the burden of stress which affects us mentally, physically and emotionally, can be many and varied and each person responds to a stressor trigger differently.
What if I managed to resolve halo of these things – would I be less stressed? I doubt it very much. You see, the basis of all stress and the root cause of your stress is not what you think it is. The basis of all stress is the inability to express how you feel about something and therefore you carry that non-expressed energy within your body/mind throughout your life, unless and until you actually deal with these hidden issues. Because many writers of stress tips and stress management strategies do not fully understand this, how stress, as a topic is dealt with, is via lists of tips to manage stress or lists of things that contribute to stress.
Your stress is coming from the emotions that have not been able to be expressed when you were in the formative years. From these unexpressed emotions the child forms opinions, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of how to survive that environment, and hence, seeks out confirming opinions that match these beliefs. If deeply held beliefs are confirmed with evidence throughout a persons’ life they will tend to keep these beliefs, even though they may be detrimental to a more mature outlook and perception of events.
Unless and until a person is able to fully express these and eliminate them form their body/mind, they will continue to be stressed, even if they manage to overcome some of the things on the initial list.
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