The computer problems I thought had been resolved are back. Ok, not all of them; just one. For some reason, MS Outlook has once again decided that it’s only going to send emails, not receive them. I am in a particularly busy time with work right now (that is not a complaint!) and there is a lot going on in my personal life as well.
Yesterday I realized I was allowing these external pressures to impact my well-being. Ironically, I am facilitating a stress management session this morning. The timing could not have been better as it forced me to once again reflect on the importance of managing my reaction to life’s hiccups.
In my workshop, we ask the following questions:
- Is there something I can do to alter this situation to make it less stressful?
- Is this something that should even be on my plate or is it an activity I am doing just because it’s always been done? Can someone else do it? (The caveat to that question is to make very sure that you are not putting undue stress on someone else by asking them to take on a task.)
- If I cannot alter the situation or get rid of it, what steps can I take to keep myself healthy while working through it?
- When does this really need to be done by? Sometimes we place undue pressure on ourselves; we try and accomplish way too much in too short a time frame.
- What am I putting off or avoiding that is causing me to feel stressed out?
Maureen Killoran said “Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response TO what happens. And RESPONSE is something we can choose.”
Today is Monday, either the beginning of another stressful week or the beginning of an another week full of opportunities.