Just Stress

Just Stress

A while back I took a meditation class. As is the case for many gatherings, people tend to drift in at slightly different times — some a little early, some right on time, and some a little late. As we were waiting for our later arrivals, we began to talk. 

When one of the attendees was asked how she was doing, she responded frankly. She was experiencing a lot of stress, but was thankful it was just stress. As you can imagine, this provoked some inquiry. The stressed attendee clarified that she was making some big life transitions. But she was able to experience some relief because the stress came and went in waves. She compared this to the anxiety she was used to.  With anxiety, her stress was consistently with her — from the moment she woke up to the moment she went to bed.

This wise lady drew on her past hardships to give her strength and courage during her present ones. 

This a time when many of us are currently experiencing hardships. Once we’ve survived a hardship, it’s tempting to move the memory to the back of our brains. However, there may be a better way. Maybe — just maybe — taking some time to reflect on times you overcame some past hardships can help you overcome the ones your currently dealing with. 

You may also find hope and strength by facing and actively working to overcome some of your current struggles. If you’re struggling with your health and wellness, don’t be afraid to reach out to a health coach or fitness professional. They may be able to help. 

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a safe and healthy month.

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