Retrain your Mind for Peace
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. - Wayne Dyer
Stress management is doing all that you can to counter to negative effects that uncheck stress can have on your life. Stress is not avoidable. You cannot, should not, and will not ever be stress-free, at least not while you are living. Everything about managing stress is cliche. You have heard it all before. Unfortunately, we are stubborn creatures and do not listen even when it is good for us.
One of my biggest causes of stress is worrying about things that I cannot remotely affect. I also make up potential scenarios in my head that have not happened yet, that may never happen, and then stress about them. I know I am not alone. Why do we do this to ourselves? How can we stop it.
Retrain our minds. Retrain ourselves to be mindful of the now and to live in the presence. Learn to distinguish between the things we can actually have an effect on and the things that we cannot, so we can focus our energies better. There are cycles that we enter, cycles of worry, cycles of stress, cycles of negativity, that cause us to expend energy in the wrong places. We have to train ourselves to channel that energy to positive thinking.
I know it sometimes feels silly because we are programmed a certain way because that is how we have always been. It takes work to be mindful. It takes work to pull our mind away from what we have been used to all our lives and point it in another direction. It feels hokey, but we have to try nevertheless. Start with a simple affirmation. Do one per week and practice saying it to yourself whenever your mind starts to take you down the worry road. Couple it with a small action step whether it be a smile, or a deep breath, or a stretch. Take a small step in the right direction. It will make a difference.