Taking Life with a Grain of Salt
Is not letting things get to you and taking life with a grain of salt the answer to living a happy stress free life? It is when we don’t realize how much stress is building up due to holding things back, worrying about things, and harboring grudges that make problems occur in life.
When things are allowed to build up we get overwhelmed, but there are many techniques that we can use to slow down, relax and take life that little bit easier when our feelings
threaten to overwhelm us. If we don’t learn to take things with a grain of salt and not worry about every little thing, and stress becomes habitual and can have a severe effect on your health. “Burnout” is the term that is commonly used and you can burnout through problems caused by work, your lifestyle or individual personality characteristics. The symptoms of burnout can be varied but all have an adverse effect on health and happiness over the long term if you don’t change the situation causing it.
A loss of physical energy – If you are continually faced with stress, it can have a draining effect on your body and mind. It can make you feel as though you have less energy and can make you totally lethargic. You may no longer have the interests you once had or the social life you once did, even the thought of getting out of bed may seem like too much trouble.
Frustration – Stress leads to frustration because you may feel sad for no particular reason, impatient or ever changing moods. This will eventually lead to you feel as though you are losing control over your life.
A pessimistic outlook – When you feel burned out it gets increasingly harder to become excited about life and the things you used to do and enjoy. Your thoughts turn ever increasingly to negative ones rather than positive and you find it harder to look on the bright side in any situation. It becomes almost impossible to take life with a grain of salt and let even the smallest of things roll off your back, forging you gradually into a deeper rut.
Tips to avoid burning out
1. Learn a relaxation technique such as meditation.
2. Get plenty of exercise every week.
3. Make sure you eat a sensible and healthy diet.
4. Take time out for yourself every day.
5. Learn to shrug your shoulders and cast aside anything that you cannot possibly change.
6. Do something that you enjoy doing every day.
7. During a stressful time, relax as best as you can, take slow deep breaths and count to 10.
We all have a certain degree of stress in our lives. It’s how you handle that stress that matters most. If you need assistance is living a fulfilling life, contact me today.