Who out there is stressed? I bet if we could see each other right now, everyone’s hands would be raised. Who isn’t? No matter who you are, what you do, or what point you are at in your life, we all have stress. And did you know that stress affects your physical health and well-being? I never realized how much until recently….
As a woman with Fibromyalgia, some part of my body always hurts. Always. Each day I just have to make a choice to push through that pain. I have read everything I can find on coping with Fibro pain, and tried many of the medications and alternative treatments to help alleviate symptoms. But, one thing that I’ve noticed is that the more stressed I am, the more pain I have. Surely this isn’t true of just people with the same condition as me. I believe that stress affects the way our body deals with pain, sickness, and aging. And goodness knows that stress has a major influence on our weight! I am a stress eater! If I am stressed about something I eat everything! My best friend, on the other hand, can’t eat at all when she’s stressed out.
Unfortunately, stress comes with life. Even the rich and famous have some form of stress in their life. So, what can we do? We all must find some way to deal with, or alleviate our stress! Find SOMETHING that makes you happy, or calm, or at least content; and do it! It doesn’t matter if it’s as simple as a yoga class, reading a book, having a glass of wine, or more complex like taking a vacation, writing a Blog, or being creative like sewing, baking or painting. We need to have balance in our lives. As Sir Isaac Newton once said, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” We need that opposite of stress to help us deal with life.
As I get older, I realize more that this life needs to be lived! There’s nothing wrong with planning and saving for the future, but who knows how much future we have? Don’t skip the living preparing for life. Enjoy something every day. And occasionally, make it something great!
Take the trip. Buy the camper. Spoil the kids. Don’t let your 8 to 5 day or your bank account dictate your happiness. Make time for the things that you would wish you had done if you, or someone you love, aren’t here tomorrow.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.