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One Good Habit for Less Stress

One Good Habit for Less Stress

People who practice stress-free habits can mitigate its crippling effects. Like bacteria, stress will always be near at hand, but it is how we handle it that really matters, just like those who keep bacteria at bay through good health techniques.

Try this good habit to incorporate that will help you reduce the stress in your life:

Solve the Problem
Whenever problems arise, concentrate on solutions. It is folly to lament the fact that you have a problem. (Who doesn’t?) What you must do is decide on a solution and try it.

Think of the problem as a stone wall. How high is it? Three feet? One foot? One inch? If you fail to find a solution, how far will you fall? What consequences will you have to face?

Whittle the height of the wall down to its proper level. Examine it carefully. Be realistic. Do not allow a faint heart to exaggerate the height. The heart often tries to test us by telling us that a problem is overwhelming.

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Adapted from The Stress-Free Habit, by John M. Perkins (Inner Traditions, 1989). Copyright (c) 1989 by John M. Perkins. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Stress-Free Habit, by John M. Perkins (Inner Traditions, 1989).

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8:20AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

interesting article

7:06PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:32PM PDT on May 17, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

10:15PM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

Amazing, freeing, and wonderful information. I've tried to calm people, and myself, down when tops were being blown over problems both big and small and point out that the only thing that can be done is to start thinking of and acting on solutions to the problems. It is a better feeling. This inspired me to continue with that perspective on things. Problems will continue to exist, and as long as they stay unresolved, more and more will pile up until we decide to take action. Thanks!

10:50AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Good advice. Hard to remember though in the heat of stress and in the thick of battle, but well worth remembering. Thanks.

6:42AM PST on Jan 31, 2010

Great advice Annie!!

7:54AM PST on Jan 27, 2010

being realistic about how to solve a problem sounds smart...and then we can 'turn over' what is beyond our ability to control, yes?

7:18AM PST on Jan 27, 2010

I like your solutions and putting things into perspective. Thanks.

10:27AM PST on Jan 19, 2010

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3:57AM PST on Dec 26, 2009

Good Information Thanks

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