Strictly speaking, stress is self inflicted.

You might not want to hear that, particularly if you feel stressed right now, but think about it for a moment.

Something happens ‘out there’, and then we react ‘inside’. The way we react determines if we feel stress or not.

Since the same event can result in stress in some people, but not in others, it is clear that we react differently to each other.

So how do you react to events?

Since it is you doing the reacting, could you react differently?

Notice also that sometimes an event will result in you feeling stressed, and at other times it won’t. What is the difference?

The difference will depend on your state of mind at the time, and that running commentary of thoughts we all have. Here are some ways to recognise some thoughts that will lead to stress, and ways to change them.

Gaining perspective

Best wishes, Paul
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