Part of my wellness routine includes managing stress. Stress isn't a new topic. In fact, I last wrote about it just about one month ago and gave some tips on combatting it.
Stress is so impactful that I think I could write about it every week. I've even read articles that now our kids, even those in elementary school, are suffering from stress! That is crazy to me, not to mention scary!
Some stress is helpful. It can be a motivator. Prolonged exposure to stress is not healthy and can have grave impacts on our health, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
What if we reduced our stress by changing our perspective? After all, I believe stress is resisting what is.
I was pitched a new project today. Part of me wanted to say no. I've already invested a lot of time in the one I've got. To pivot now would be like starting over.
Instead of resisting the change, I decided to welcome it. I'm going to be adaptable. I'm going to embrace the possibility. I’m going to be open to what comes.
Change is scary and hard and often daunting. And even though I’m embracing this change, it still may be hard. But I’m OK with hard. I appreciate the opportunity to be challenged.
I recently heard someone say that the words opponent and adversary are often used interchangeably. He went on to define an opponent as someone who challenges you, which will ultimately bring out your best effort; whereas an adversary is someone that does not share your views and/or values. In this case, this change could be seen as an opponent. It may provide a healthy challenge. One that I'm up for.
This blog will end before I know if this change comes to pass. The important part is not whether it happens, but how I responded to the possibility of it and of the change itself.
What might you be resisting? What would it take to embrace it?
Be open to it comes.