“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may bet better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge now exists to make things better.” King Whitney Jr.
You started your day off well and things were just clicking when suddenly something happened and you were emotionally hijacked. What happened when you thoughts shifted from having a great day to being plundered by a series of negative thoughts. With the pressures of daily life increasing stress is taking an increasing toll on people.
With an estimated 30% of Americans feeling extreme stress in their life and feeling like there is little they can do about it, it is no wonder that it is easy to be emotionally hijacked. There just isn’t enough time to decompress and relax.
People are worried about their finances, their jobs and the economy. Concerns about the future and aging are starting to ripple through the Baby-Boomer generation.
Stress is showing up in poor eating habits, less exercise and less sleep. Those three items are foundational for dealing with the higher levels of stress and at the same time as stress increases the more people are likely to eat poorly, sleep less and exercise less.
While creating healthy habits is a good idea and most people would agree that more exercise, better eating habits and a good nights sleep are important they don’t do the things they should be doing to live a better life.
We live in a society where stress is only going to increase and for many people that means increasing the bad habits even when they know that those habits aren’t good for them. What do you do?
It takes structure and focus to create or recreate the habits that are necessary for maintaining the core foundations for healthy living. Being accountable to some person who is going to support your efforts to get life back under control is one way to start reducing stress. Coaching is one of the better tools to use to start creating healthy habits.
If you find yourself being emotionally hijacked during the day, look at your stress levels. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 (1 = low stress, 10 = extreme stress) and if you score yourself higher than a 7 you might want to consider getting your stress under control. Start today!
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”