Do you feel as if you are suffering from too much stress?

 

Here then are two extracts from J Bouwman’s ebook: uncapIdeas to Tackle Life’s Challenges– with ideas about how to combat stress.

“It is a balancing act.
Too much stress and performance is light on.
Too little and work becomes heavy, laboured, and sluggish.
But just right and you have achieved the perfect balance between tension and execution.

So from where you stand: how can you tell which one applies to you?
Clues include:

  • Your attitude
  • Your outlook
  • Your perception

Reflect over the last two weeks:

  • What were the highlights?
  • Who (or what) gave you joy?
  • When (specifically) did you struggle?

[ Do your answers reflect darker shades of grey or vibrant, colourful hues?]

So what can you do if you believe you are suffering from too much stress?”

 

“Old habits die hard.
Perhaps, habitually, you yearn to indulge in one of your favourite hobbies, recreational, or time-out activities, but never seem to have the time, money, or energy.
If it is truly important, then it is up to you to do something about it.

Give yourself permission to:

  • Luxuriate over that relaxing massage;
  • Feel exhilarated after white-water rafting, glacier climbing, bungee jumping, or scuba diving;
  • Enjoy a game of cricket, darts, tennis, football, or basketball – either as a spectator or player;
  • Listen to your favourite music;
  • Snuggle even closer within your loved one’s embrace.

Look at your diary for the next month.
What can be rescheduled, shelved, or jettisoned?

You could even go one step further.
Establish a new regime.
New habits can be formed by making a conscious effort to incorporate those things which give you joy as part and parcel of your every-day life.

It is the anticipation as well as the act of doing – in response to the human need to sustain the spontaneous inner child – which builds resilience.

Now it’s over to you.
How do you intend to buoy and nourish your mind, body and soul as you deal with the pressures of daily living?”

With permission from Johanna Bouwman Copyright 2011

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