Life is tough. Especially as the work place becomes more fast-paced. We are expected to physically and mentally be prepared to keep up with the demands at work as well as at home. It sucks. Stress in small amounts is good. It keeps us on edge, sharpens our mind and trains us to occasionally perform well under pressure. But c'mon! I have bills to pay, work to do, dinner to make, clothes to wash, dog to feed and I have blog to finish. If only there were a way to make it easier.
There is. Just effin' relax.
Stress in large amounts can be extremely detrimental to your health. Stress has been linked to obesity, sleeplessness, depression, heart disease, digestive problems and autoimmune deficiencies. Sometimes people have to take a minute a prioritize what's on their plate. Eat your meal, then if you have time, make dessert. That simply means, take on the most important tasks, then if you have it in you, take care of the smaller tasks. If your overwhelmed give it the ol' surfer boy attitude and say "whatever, it can wait until tomorrow, bro."
Too often, I personally find myself stressing about things that aren't exactly life threatening issues. If I'm late paying my cable bill, will the world collapse in upon itself? No, at the worst, I will be forced to get up and go outside. Oh! The humanity!
Another example. Would you rather your kids be 15 minutes late for school, or would you rather them go to school hungry? But, hey! At least there on time. Opinions may differ on this, but I don't think missing 15 minutes of American school amounts to anything more than what they could learn on Spongebob Squarepants in 5 minutes (did you pay the cable bill?) Feed your kids, they learn better with a full stomach anyway.(http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/85094.php)
With all this being said, there is some stress that cannot be avoided or disguised with laughter. Divorce, death, injury, illness retirement, and being fired are huge examples that really do effect our livelihood. For these, I recommend seeking professional help, talking to family and friends, or join a group or gym. Vent these frustrations, talk about your feeling. Don't be ashamed. Everyone has gone through the same thing that you are going through.
A lot of things in life that we worry about aren't really that serious. We have to understand the trivial tasks can be pushed aside temporarily, while bigger priorities are dealt with. As Elbert Hubbard said, "Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive."