Congratulations…Member of the Month, Dee!
I started my path of true “Stress Rejection” about 2 years ago. I had reached a point where things had begun to overwhelm me. Work, family, relationships, etc…The main stressors I guess you could say. I didn’t know how to effectively deal with things and I felt obligated to help everyone and I had been neglecting myself. Not fully aware that the things I was doing were bringing mounds of stress in my life. All I knew was that I felt horrible and I needed a change.
When I started my therapy sessions and began addressing these issues, I discovered that they were at the root of my stress; I made the decision then to try to eliminate as much stress out of my life as possible. As part owner of 2 family businesses, I had to find ways to relieve stress. Because of the pressures of working with family, it was imperative to make certain changes in my life for the sake of my family relationship and our businesses. Also, by dealing with stress properly I do not burden my employees with my issues and problems, but I’m actually able to give them tips and pointers for easing the stress in their lives.
I made the decision then to try and eliminate as much stress out of my life as possible. I gave myself permission to say “NO” to things I didn’t want to do. My peace of mind is the driving force for my “stress rejection”. I love having a sound mind and not having all kinds of thoughts about things I cannot control invade my mind and thoughts.
Here are a few things I do to minimize the stress in my life:
- I set healthy boundaries with family and friends, and not make their problems my own.
- I don’t take EVERY phone call that comes to my phone, especially if a gossiper is calling.
- If I don’t feel like doing something or a favor, I say NO. And I release myself from the guilt trip others may try to throw at me.
- I read positive and inspirational material.
- I tend to my emotional needs first.
Being on my mission of stress rejection not only has helped my life, but the people in my life benefit as well. I don’t dump emotional stressful baggage on them, and they are also learning to take better care of their mental health by exercising some stress rejection techniques. I can truly say my life is more manageable and enjoyable since I started this wonderful journey!
Here’s to living stress free!