Stress is when your mouth says yes and your gut says no.
I have been getting a lot of calls recently and the major theme is people are stressed out to their breaking point. The reasons are different (umm, not so much, actually). There is not enough time, too many demands, having to be in six places at once and they are stuck in traffic at 5:05 p.m. It is their boss, their mate, their child, their mother, the grocery clerk, their damn phone, multi-tasking to the nth degree.
I used to teach stress reduction. Well, you teach best what you needed to learn, right?
Sometimes it is a matter of taking a deep breath, other times, walking out of the room. Some people detox through exercise (I admire those guys). Sometimes, it is stepping back and checking your priorities. Of course, if you had time to step back, you would have, right?
Curiously, out of all the exercises ever done in my classes, one stood out far and away from all the others. It was a simple sheet of lined paper, a pen, and about two minutes long. Take the pencil/pen and draw five columns – the one on the left is the largest, then four smaller columns. Title those columns: Name, 2013, 2018, 2023, 2028. Begin with your name, and in the 2013 column, write your age, then how old you will be in the following columns. Now list all the people you love most dearly by their names and ages.
That’s it. That’s that one exercise that caused the most reaction. That one simple piece of paper and pen caused more clients to turn their lives around. Most of our lives are spent on tasks, things, people who mean nothing to us. Our technology has some great things going for it ~ we live in remarkable times. But that very technology that allows us to do more with less is killing us.
And now, take a breath.
About that clock… There are 1,440 minutes in a day, and you’ve got 288 five minute periods.