Wednesday, January 20, 2010


While there are several sources of Stress, the most common one is when
when you have a lot of things on your plate and you are struggling to do them.

Stress is good because it is telling you that you do not need to do them all.
You only think you need to do them all.
There is room to simplify is what that Stress is telling you.

It is hard to get this at first, understandably, because we put those things on our to-do list for some "good" reason.

A good start would be to get a cup of your favorite drink, settle down in a quiet place and take 3 deep breaths first,
saying "In" as we breath in and "Out" as we breath out.
For a more detailed exercise, see here.

Start going down your to-do list.
And instead of seeing which items to strike off, see what you are trying to accomplish (your goal) with each of those tasks and what that goal means to you right now.
You may conclude that the goal can pushed out and is not as urgent as you thought it should be and in the best case, you may realise that that goal is not important anymore and hence can be struck off completely.

If nothing gives, i.e. if it has to be done and done now,
there may be a better way to do what you are trying to do.

In other words, Stress is an indicator for you to change your ways.
If you heed, you can benefit from it. If not, proceed at your own risk.

It is indeed a Zen moment, when you can identify the task that you thought you had to do but when you saw through it, it withered away like it never mattered.

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