These are stressful times!
You may feel that everywhere you look there seems to be one more reason to feel tense, upset, frenzied or anxious. These are truly momentous times full of many transitions and changes as the future careens uncertainly toward us. It is more important than ever to have the means to positively deal with the inevitable stress that comes with change so it does not produce toxic effects in our lives.
Stress has been defined as wear and tear on the body and mind as we attempt to adapt to change. We are all aware that change causes stress. We are also aware at some level of the signs that we are stressed. What we are often not aware of are the changes that go on inside us that create the wear and tear and eventually take their toll on our health and well being.
There are many ways to lessen the effects of stress on mind and body: meditation, quiet time for ourselves, learning to breathe properly, energy work and techniques such as imagery, and visualization. All are helpful methods that can be used alone, or woven into a more comprehensive personal stress management program. These tools can also be helpful when used to clarify, set and achieve goals. Each in its own way can be a really valuable aid to assist with engaging your inner resources (a powerful source often neglected in favor of external /ego based methods) to help motivate you to not only get started, but also to ride the waves of change more smoothly.