The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another —William James
What To Do
Take some alone time today to sit down with a pen and paper and write out a general external factor that is weighing on you right now. For example, work. Then try to be more specific (i.e.the deadline). Once you have a clear idea of what is causing you stress, explore a simple strategy that will help you feel less strain (i.e. outline the steps today from 3:00 to 4:00). Go through this process until you feel you have some perspective and realistic strategies for connecting to them in the moment. You’ll see that some stressors require action while others benefit simply from being acknowledged & clarified.
Why To Do It
The first definition of stress in the Oxford dictionary is an external force placed upon an object that produces strain. This is the mechanical use of the term, but it has personal relevance for us as well. External forces and factors have the potential to change us for better or for the worse. By understanding this we can ask ourselves to look at the external factors in our lives and be both more conscious of their effect on us and more intentional about how we relate to them. In simple exercise strengthens the body, mind, and spirit connection and increase our ability to effectively respond to challenges as they arise.