Personal Nature of Stress

stress is personal

Stress is a personal experience. To overcome stress, the solution needs to be as equally personal.

In the previous posting, I introduced my new blog How is Stress Sabotaging Your Success to the world. I’d like to continue by talking about stress in general and a very simplistic way of handling it.

As unique as we are.

We all experience stress.  It’s the way of life in the 21st century. Whether it’s the line at Starbucks not moving fast enough, giving the big presentation in front of an important client, or not quite having enough funds to pay that one bill, we all experience stress.

Even though we talk about it in general terms, stress is very personal. Not only in the causes it, but how we physically react to it.  For example, a person growing up in a big family might not feel any anxiety to large, noisy environments with lots of people.  Whereas the only child, having grown up in a quiet environment, may have severe reaction when entering a noisy room with lots of activity.

Likewise, the physical manifestation is also unique. Some people experience that lump in the pit of their stomachs before giving a presentation in front of a large group of people.  Others may experience a tightness in their neck and shoulders before having a challenging conversation with a coworker or subordinate. There isn’t a “one size fits all” when it comes to the causes and effects of stress.

How to Overcome Stress

So when it comes to finding solutions, those have to be equally personal. The reason for this is that stress is really a variation on fear.  Either a fear of a future, unrealized result or of some past event. Either way, you are not focusing on the present moment. Once you focus on the present, the fear of a future result or a past event become irrelevant.

The next obvious question becomes, that’s fine but how do I do that?  How do I change my focus to be on the present moment?  That’s what this blog will be exploring over the coming months. I’ll be sharing material that speaks to a variety of stress related activities and suggest some solutions along the way.

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