Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Simple Plan

"Stress is not what happens to us. It's our response TO what 
happens. And RESPONSE is something we can choose."
-Maureen Killoran

After a significant injury to my left foot and ankle, I've been seemingly out of order for the better part of a year. Although I'm still healing, I'm back on my feet (figuratively speaking) and ready for action. 

While coping with trauma, one might find themselves at the mercy of their demons. For me, and most, those demons can be stress. Everywhere we look we are warned of the consequences of stress. Whether emotional and physical, the impact of stress is never good. After one too many migraines, I recently researched the topic and decided there was no better time to continue my pursuit for simplicity. 

Just as a garage can be too cluttered with all the items we're too scared to throw out, so can our minds. Things to do, people to see, places to go...the clutter of life can be mentally exhausting. All the excess baggage overcrowds our minds and leads to the inevitable headache. Solution? Avoid the stress. 

Who are we kidding? It is near impossible to avoid stress altogether. However, a few simple steps can help keep the stress under control and minimize headaches. Over the next few days, I'll delve into the details of a plan to help manage stress. I can promise that there will be no surprises, it's all been heard before...but they are tried and true....and "simple". 

Ready? Set? Relax. 

"Material blessings, when they pay beyond the category of need, are weirdly fruitful of headache."
-Philip Wylie

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