“One channel is the Stress Channel and the other is the Peace Channel. We really do have a choice about what we listen to. The Peace Channel can only be heard when we are present in the moment, when we are in the now. To tune in to the Peace Channel, all we have to do is be, experience,notice, and naturally respond to what is arising in the moment. To tune into the Stress Channel, we just have to start believing our thoughts again. […] Eliminating stress is just a matter of tuning out the negative and tuning in the positive and just being, experiencing, and dancing to that music instead of the mind’s chatter.”
― Gina Lake
The tension built and grew until the language went foul. I was listening to a person unload his stress through the use of language that wasn’t beneficial to his cause. It was just more frustration piled upon frustration and the stress overwhelmed his ability to control his emotions and language. The storm started small and just grew and grew and the more he talked the louder and more angry he became. His anger didn’t solve the problem.
Anger is an outlet for stress. It is a way of releasing the energy produced by the hormones that are leaking into the body. In most places the sudden eruption of anger is not welcome or seen as a positive event. This person is going to be looking for a job and his past haunts him. Nightmares wreck his sleep, and tide of anger swells as he confronts images of a war he participated in. The images won’t leave him alone. What does stress really cost?
Others are swimming in a sea of work, unrelenting tides of email, and urgent issues build into a wave of stress reducing confidence, results and energy. Imagine trying to go to sleep when thoughts of unfinished business race through the mind begging for some kind of answer. Where is the joy in that kind of work?
What is your stress level? What are you doing about it?
Your work or events in your life come to you four different ways
1. Urgent and important (get it done now or else)
2. Important but non urgent (this is the sweet spot )
3. Urgent and unimportant (much of the email you get)
4. Unimportant and not urgent (maybe TV)
What is eating at you? What is stopping you from getting what you want out of life?
To learn more about how stress impacts life, take a look at this video clip.