It’s interesting to know that you can actually run a self-analysis without having to be a professional Psychologist. Yes it’s possible.
So let’s talk about you… Give yourself a sincere answer to these questions.
How well do you know yourself?
How much can you really say about yourself?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Do you know your limits?
Do you know when you need to stop and take a break?
How much pressure can you really handle?
How much warning signs are you ignoring?
It’s funny how we can easily say that people don’t know us when we actually don’t even know ourselves well enough. As a matter of fact, when you don’t know yourself, you’ll always want to live your life like someone else by striving to do what others are doing regardless of your own capabilities. This fruitless effort often results in stressful living. What you are unaware of is that such individuals that you are trying to emulate have possibly developed resilience over the years as a result of their experiences in life.
Keep in mind that we are all unique and therefore what applies to one may not necessarily go for the other. This is why it is expedient that we learn to study ourselves in order to gain an understanding of what we can handle and vice versa.
So also it is with how well we can handle events in our lives that have potential to cause stress. Remember that stress is our body’s reaction to events that are perceived as threatening.
The first step towards solving any problem is to identify it!
There are various common stress triggers encountered daily and being armed with a wealth of knowledge regarding your own bodily “perception” and “reaction” to these events will surely keep stress away. Ignorance should therefore no longer be an excuse for becoming weighed down with stress.
How do you perceive and react to the following common events of everyday living:
- Relationship demands (commitment and expectations to family, marriage and other relationships)
- Work demands (increased work load, long working hours, dead lines)
- Major life changes (relocation, marriage, getting pregnant, loosing a loved one)
- Environmental triggers (traffic, unstable cost of living, noise, pollution)
Take out time to become conscious of your physical as well as emotional responses to these common stressors. Become aware of events that cause your heart to pound, make you anxious as well as change your mood.
If you perceive these events as being capable of getting you overwhelmed and you ALLOW them, then they will. Adjust your perception because not all life’s events are aimed at defeating you!
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