In the past when I heard the phrase “chill out!”, I gave it no more than a passing attention. It appears to be gaining increasing significance as I hear or read stories about what so many people are going through because of stress and the ever-increasing urgency of life. A common rationalization for the stressful rush goes like this: “We have to rush around under stress now that we are young enough to handle it so we can retire early and still have enough youthfulness to sit back and enjoy life”.
The confusion often has to do with the differentiation between working hard and being stressed out. These do not have to go together. While everyone may readily agree with this reasoning, structuring our lives accordingly is not so easy. Apart from the tyranny of time, many other causes of stress are known such as lifestyle, type of vocation, recreational habits, lack of exercise, state of health, eating habits, choices of food, et cetera. The causes of stress are countless it seems.
- A careful lifestyle that helps us to maintain our spiritual, physical, social and emotional well-being
- A passion for doing what is right and helpful to society
- Recognition of non-emergency and artificial deadlines
- Fewer time-constrained and stress-invoking demands imposed on other people
- Willingness to forgive people who have not met our expectations and/or demands as promptly and exactly as we feel these should be met
- Empathy towards others with a realization that they may be experiencing adverse situations or difficulties of which we are not aware
- Willingness to extend a helping hand where needed and we have the capability and opportunity to help
- Contentment with fewer extra pleasures and wants beyond having our basic life needs met
Posted By Felix Amiri