Wednesday, August 02, 2006

stress management : The Best Article on Stress Management

Have you been looking for an article on stress management that could really make a difference in your life? Are you tired of the exhaustion, fatigue and irritability that have now become a way of life for you in how you relate to stress?

This article on stress management isn’t your usual top 10 list of what to do. I’d like you and I to shift our focus and attention on who you are choosing to be that is really fueling what you are doing.

I know you are pretty sure that your stress is caused by all external factors, but it’s really more important to look at how you are relating to what you identify as stress internally. Let’s face it, we only have so much control over our external environment and 100% control over our internal one. This maybe a new concept to you, but I assure you it’s a powerful one if you want to feel the freedom and power that managing stress can provide.

Have you ever heard of the concept “Be, Do, Have”? It can be revolutionary in your life if you haven’t. Most of us live our lives out of the concept of “Do, Have, Be” which is extremely stressful because we are trying to do, do, do in order to have what we want so that we can then be how we want to be. This is backwards and futile. I mean really aren’t you exhausted, fatigued, irritable, and still don’t have what you truly want?

Shifting your focus away from what you want to have to who you want to be can eliminate a lot of stress and start bringing forth that which you desire. The following exercise can give you a start on this path. Take out a blank piece of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle of it so that you have 2 columns. On the right side column write at the top of it “What do I want?” Now, make a list of everything you want to have from the most mundane to the most profound. After you have completed that, at the top of the first column write “Who would I be being to have what I want? One by one go through the list of what you said you wanted and ask yourself the above question. Write down the answer in the first column. Can you see that you don’t have to know what to do if you focus on who you are being? If you focus on who you are being, you will become that and the actions to take will readily be available to you. This eliminates a lot of stress.

by Pamela Catey

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