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.
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).