I will be writing an article later this week about dealing with stress over the holiday season, and make no mistake about it: there are a great many people who feel stress during this time of year.
One of the values of Living Simple is that our minds are uncluttered with worries of this sort, and we are better in control of our lives and expectation. Certain things are simply out of our control. Maybe you recently lost your job or money is simply tight, and you are feeling the stress related to those circumstances. Maybe you know that holidays mean dealing with some relatives that you would rather not deal with, and that is adding stress to your life.
Whatever the case may be, it is important to realize that stress is a direct response to loss of control, whether it is real or imagined. We all want to feel as though we are in control, for if we are not then we are susceptible to the random vagaries of life, and that is a frightening thought.
Some personality types are more susceptible to stress, most notably Type A personalities. Some people suffer stress because of a medical imbalance. Others have psychological reasons for their adverse reaction to loss of control.
Stress is real and it can be incapacitating if allowed to run unchecked. Pinpointing the cause of your stress is the first big step. Once that has been identified then you can begin to tackle that cause. Seek help from those who can help you with that particular cause. Trying to “man up” and deal with it yourself is a fool’s errand.