A couple years ago I lived the most stressful time of my life, I was working in a 9 to 5 job where all employees needed to register when we arrived to the office and leaved, if we arrived late or if we leave before time a percentage was discounted from our next check. The Director was disrespectful and made everyone feel bad, it was a constant fear of being rejected, that our work is not good enough, being made fun off in front of everyone. It took me 2 hours to get to this job every morning and 2 hours to get back home.
Nowadays many people talk about stress and mental problems with more freedom knowing that all of this deal with them and it´s normal but if you don´t know how to manage them it will get worse but we don´t spend the time needed to identify what is causing stress and taking action, in most cases mental problems are caused by stress and most of our life is full of stressful situations.
We´re living in a very fast paced world where you have too many responsibilities and not enough time, too much pressure and not enough support from school, your job, traffic, neighbors; there´s too much stress and it we don´t take the time we need to manage it so our body starts to work overtime and use more energy to deal with it.
A lot of us work in a job and a place we don´t like with people we don´t feel comfortable and in school you may have problems with some teachers or people who like to make fun of you and never stop bullying you. If you are late for school or your job you won´t receiver your pay for that day, there are too many things to be done and projects keep coming in and time is just not enough.
Most of our day is full of stressful situations and stress has become part of normal day, we´ve learnt to live with it and think that´s the way to live. This is not true, we´re not suppose to live this way, this stressful life is what´s causing illnesses and diseases a lot of health and mental problems are linked to stress so this lifestyle is making us sick.
Of course if we spend most of our time doing something we don´t like just to receive a paycheck that is not enough to pay bills and in a place where most coworkers spend most time criticizing and blaming and the boss don´t care about the team we will live with chronic stress. To make things worse, nowadays we´re more interested on what others say and think of us, we want to please everyone, we live paying attention to the outside instead of the inside.
We´re also surrounded with negativity, the news talk about negative stuff and when we talk with our coworker, friends at school or neighbor we talk about that negative information we watched or read before. Most people spend a lot of their time blaming, complaining and criticizing about everything that happens to them and how bad or terrible the world is and life in general. This has a negative impact on your health also.
If you feel related to some of the points I made you may be thinking that your life is full of stress and negativity and since you need the job to pay bills there´s not much to do. Since we grow old we´re educated and thought to follow some rules, go to school, get a degree, find a 9 to 5 job and even when this system works for some people it may not work for everyone. When we´re kids we see older people stressed out thanks to their jobs and bills so when we get older we think that this is how things are supposed to be. Not everything is as bad as it seems, one of the most important things you can do is learn to manage stress and have some time for yourself every day, spend that time for yourself to meditate and exercise, this are great tools to help you lower stress.
We´re meant to live a life of purpose and fulfillment, the only way to live a happier life without stress is to do something you love, to work in a place you love and with people that cares for you, that feeling of belonging and acceptance is key. Imagine waking up every morning excited about the day to come, for everything you need to do and going to bed knowing that you had a great day and there´s still a lot more awesome things to do.
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