We grow up with stress and accept it as a part of our lives. This leads many of us to not question it and accept it as it is. If we look at its source, triggers,  reason for existing we can begin to understand how to mold stress for our benefitwhat-is-stress.

Stress is a biological response triggered when a stressful stimulus is presented. This stimulus can come in many forms. It is highly individual and it is not static. We can positively change our response to most stress stimulus (stressors). It takes focus and putting knowledge about stress into action with stress reduction techniques. It will take personal discipline and self-respect. Stress is straight forward in many cases and understanding how and why it works will be a key to taking control.
We need to look at our personal stressors and why they cause us stress. Identifying them is the first step to taking control of them. We then must ask ourselves why they cause us stress. Is this stress worth our personal turmoil? If you feel it is worth it can we lower the response? Can we find a place of calm and patience while faced with this stress? If not, what can we do to take steps to lower the stress?

There are many important question that often we do not ask ourselves because we have been accepting the conditions as they are. We have been coping with any variety of methods and allowed this level of stress tolerance stress level and to be OK. In most cases this level of tolerance for stress is excessively high. We are better copers than we are empowered individuals. Anyone can choose to take the higher road and relax in the face of stress. To do this though we must focus and practice. Calming down in the moment not only relaxes us but it frees our mind to do more stress reduction techniques while in the face of it.

Practice and focus, think and be free!