Oh, how I wish it didn’t exist. Yes, I’m referring to those that want to forget stress. Many in our world act as if it doesn’t exist or if it does, people just say, “forget about the stress.”
It is almost like many believe you can just ignore it and it will go away. If that were true, this world would be much different than it is. Sadly though, stress just doesn’t disappear. You may wish it away. You might hope it away, but it doesn’t mean it magically goes, poof!
For a long time in my life, I thought I handled stress. I kept the happy smile plastered on my face even though my personal life was crumbling. No one knew that it was but me. I allowed no one in behind the walls of my life, so to others, it looked like I had my life altogether.
As humans, we’re pretty good actors when it comes to living a life that is anything but authentic. We know how to hide, and numb and disconnect from what is going on. We are good at getting others to believe the same, so they don’t interrupt our party of unconsciousness for one.
While we may think that a night out with the friends or a quick walk in a park messaging everyone on Facebook is all we need to drop the stress from our lives. We don’t realize that it takes us being present to deal with the stress. It requires that we face up to it in our lives, not just say forget about it!
Dealing with stress is not something we only do once a week or once a year. It is a daily exercise that we should partake in to stay healthy. We need to confront it head-on, not ignore it like an unwanted in-law you would rather not see.
If we don’t take care of the stress in our life, then we are just asking for significant health issues to show up in our life. Did you know that 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are stress related?
Make your life and health important enough to take time out in your day to acknowledge stress and find ways to let go of it. It is not the sign of a strong person who ignores its presence in their life. The strength of a person comes when we deal with it.
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