There are two kinds of stress: healthy and unhealthy. Healthy stress is vital to our success; it stimulates our desire to achieve. Unhealthy stress, on the other hand, is an energy drainer; and learning to identify and manage it is crucial to establishing balance in our lives.
Stress is a known factor in 70% of all diseases. Unmanaged stress not only destroys your productivity and creativity; it also seriously affects your health. Take an objective inventory of your life and put together a personal, prioritized plan for both your career and personal life, and then……
Allocate time for each of your plans. Once you’ve got your plan together and allocated time for everything, you’ll find yourself becoming better balanced.
Ten Balancing Basics:
- Take time to control your life: It is the source of freedom.
- Take time to like yourself: It is the foundation of self-esteem.
- Take time to add play to your work: It is the secret of youth.
- Take time to worship, to love, and to give, three sources of greater joy.
- Take time to find a passion: It hitches the soul to the earth.
- Take time to re-kindle your energy, to breathe life into each day.
- Take time to communicate, to wash the dust of earth from your eyes.
- Take time to laugh: It’s the singing that helps with life’s burdens.
- Take time to enjoy another childhood: It’s never, ever too late.
- Take time to plan: It is the magic which invents the future.
These ten balancing basics have tremendous and transformative power. Practicing all ten will reduce stress, add variety and spice to life, and ensure control of the future.
Let me end by sharing this poem:
Don’t Quit – Words of Strength
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will.
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When life is pressing you down a bit – Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As every one of us sometimes learns.
Many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – You may succeed with another blow.
Often, the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late when the night came down – How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out.
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near, then it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit – It’s when things seem worse that you mustn’t quit.