Stress is a terrible thing and one of the most useless feelings we have. It does nothing useful. The only thing stress does is complicate any attempts to be productive. There are ways to get around it, but why not just avoid it.
A lot of the things we do in our lives involve patterns. We humans love our patterns. Once we get into a habit, it can be hard to break. However, it can get boring doing the same thing over and over again. For example, I’m writing this blog everyday. Some days I will sit down and just write for hours straight, whether it is for this blog or for one of my other projects. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing, however, writing doesn’t always love me. Writers block occasionally gets a hold of me and completely stunts my creative process like right now. Oh well, sometimes you just have to do it and hope for the best. The me a few years ago would have been stressed out, and I would have tried to reason with himself on whether or not it was worth following my dreams (it is worth it). The best way to break this stress pattern is by switching your daily activities up every once in a while, and to put yourself in exciting, new situations.
“There’s nothing like a change to break the stress patterns that build throughout the day. Every now and then make a point of doing something you wouldn’t normally do — like taking a different route home from work. Use the time to appreciate the change. ” – Paul Wilson from The Little Book of Calm.
Do something different today! Do everything different!
Take a different route home, meet new people, or try a different gym routine. Everyone has the power to live a stress-free life, so why not you?