Stress & Strength
September 1, 2019

"Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles. It takes away today's peace." Life is stressful. There is never a time in our life when we are not faced with challenges. How do you navigate your way through life's stressors? There has been a recent revival of an eastern technique called mindfulness. People are now turning to meditation to decrease anxiety and fear. The great thing about meditation is that for a time life seems to pause. It is a time to power down, the same way we turn off our phones or switch off the lights. It is a way to focus your energy, what is important in life, what your goals are.

Though some allow the stress of life to dig them deeper in a hole of distress and failure, there are ways to cope healthily. We all know of someone who has turned to unhealthy vices to help them escape reality. But mentally strong people copy with discomfort in a productive way. It's okay to feel uncomfortable emotions. Ride that wave, sit with your discomfort and pain, fears, sadness.

Remember that you are always in control of your life. No one else but you are in the driver seat. Acknowledge your choices. Make a pro and con list, enlist the advice of close friends and family you trust, take time to sit on a thought. Say no to thinks you don't want to do- what will not serve you in your mission to relieve stress and make life easier. Accept responsibility for your behavior, both the good and the bad. And always- always- look up for the silver lining. It is there.

“Overall, always strive to be genuine — about who you are, what you offer, and why you do what you do.”
Amy Ippoliti