Stress! We know it. We all have it. We all experience it. It’s the human condition—especially when you learn its simple definition:
Stress is how we respond when our needs are not met.
Human beings experience this phenomena 8–15 times a day. And assuming our typical eight hours of sleep, that’s an unmet need every one to two hours! But it’s what we do with it, it’s how we respond to our unmet needs—what we think, the words we speak, and how we react to each other and our unmet needs—that determines the fabric of our life.
Stress is universal because our needs are universal.
Yet the individual way each of us responds to having our needs met, and how we respond when they aren’t met, become this unique mosaic we call our reality.
As we sway relentlessly between the realms of our met and unmet needs, the world swirls around us. And in critical moments when we crave clarity, the spontaneous right thought, word, or action . . . when we wish it could just slow down a bit so that we could make the best, most conscious choice for ourselves and everyone around us . . . boom! Instead, we may find ourselves swept up in a tsunami of thoughts, fears, confusion, overwhelm, regrettable behaviors, knee-jerk emotions, and conditioned reactions. Hormones and chemicals surge through our body, constricting our blood vessels, shallowing our breathing, thickening our blood, heightening our sugar levels, and suppressing our immune system.
But wait—the most recent scientific research now points to the fact that stress is not necessarily bad for us. It may even add value to our life – it can focus us, push us forward in the direction of our goals, increase our productivity, reinforce our relationships, and even elevate our journey of personal development.
The long-term implications of stress are all based on our perception of it. The main reason most of us suffer with stress is because we often don’t have the right tools to address it. It is the reason I twisted for more than 20 years in the corporate world, struggling with restless sleep, living without balance, feeling overwhelmed, and searching for deeper fulfillment that rarely seemed to come. I didn’t know what the tools were—nor did I have the manual on how to use them. I didn’t even know there were tools!
I have spent the last 14 years compiling the research and studying the wisdom needed to live a destressified life. And I’ve distilled this timeless body of knowledge into five core life cultivations:
- Mastering your awareness
- Mastering your needs
- Mastering your emotions
- Mastering your communication
- Mastering your purpose in life
You’ve already taken the most important step by joining me on this journey. Once these life tools are part of your thoughts, they will become your internal dialogue . . . and as they entrench themselves into every fiber of your being, they will become your outer dialogue, the way you express yourself with your words and actions. Your perspective on your entire existence will shift. You will become destressified effortlessly.
destressifying transcends the conversation about whether stress is good or bad for you by transporting you to a new and empowered state of consciousness that places you back in control of your emotions, your perception of the world around you, and your interpretation of a stressful moment. Stress is always in the eyes of the beholder! And by adopting a destressifying game plan for life, everything changes—from the very seeds of thought that trickle into our awareness to the chemical and hormonal pulses that drive our emotions to the steps we take with our words and actions.
This week join me on Hay House Radio where we’ll take our exploration into de*stressifying even deeper. Let’s make a commitment to living a destressifying life by cultivating the five core areas that will take us to the best version of ourselves. In this space, we will make better decisions, create more peace and less harm, find deeper fulfillment, and walk through the world with greater grace and ease. In the meantime, keep meditating and I’ll see you in the gap!
P.S. Remember to adopt your next pet!!!
Join me in September for my inaugural destressifying retreat!
Ever experienced pain in your belly?
Tightness in your chest?
A throb in the temple?
Clench in the jaw?
Closing of your throat?
Holding in of your breath?
Or the release of a harsh word?
This retreat will help you manage stress every day only to have it inspire, motivate, and fulfill you to be the best version of yourself. Click here to learn more.