Why You Shouldn’t Sweat The Small Stuff
by Robert Burclaw
When I do initial consultations I am very, very thorough. I need to know anything about everything that could possibly have an impact on the way my clients move, why they’re at where they are, and how we can get them where they want to go. One of the major components that we discuss is their stress. The problem with stress, is that stress affects us the same whether it is an acute or long-term stressor. Now, why does this present an issue? Think about what we’re genetically programmed to deal with… acute stressors. Cavemen had simple lives; they did what they had to do to survive. When you run from a predator, you’re either their dinner, or you survive… and then you no longer have to worry about it.
Today’s stressors are much more long-term, and that takes an INCREDIBLY heavy toll on our bodies. It all comes down to hormones, and to make an excruciatingly complex subject more simple, we’ll say that there is good stress and bad stress. Each of these stressors cause a different hormone to release, which have two entirely different affects on our body. Over time, bad stress builds arterial plaque, which sets off a chain reaction of all sorts of negative health affects. Good stress cleans out your arteries. Good stress = exercise. Bad stress = mortgage, student loans, rent, arguments, somebody cutting you off in traffic. Which category do you find yourself falling under more frequently?
This is where my clients always ask me, “but Robert, how can I stop stressing about something? I can’t just change the way I think.” Ah, but you CAN change the way you think about it. Here is where I give you advice that could potentially save your life: Control what you can control, and don’t worry about the rest. It may seem hard to do at first, but any change is strange at first. Approach each situation with the question, “can I control this?” If you can, do something about it. If you can’t, who cares? Que sera, sera, my friends. Whatever will be, will be. If you start living by this advice, you will soon find yourself smiling a little more, and worrying a little less.
Hope you all have a fantastic, stress-free weekend. 🙂
Oh, and I promise i’ll keep this thing updated more frequently, I’m pretty bad at 2014.
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