We may create unnecessary mental stress when we engage in an activity simply because we feel it is our obligation to do so. Here is a way you can use to manage stress in such a situation.
Not engaging in unnecessary obligations can reduce stress. My friend, Gene Griessman, an expert in time management, articulated this to me. As an aside, Gene also travels around the world giving presentations as Abraham Lincoln.
At a convention of the National Speakers Association, I asked Gene how he enjoyed the keynote speaker.
Gene said to me, “I didn’t attend.” He continued: “I believed that I would learn more from the book I was reading than from listening to that particular speech.”
This thought hit me like a thunderbolt! Just because something is available does not mean that you are obligated to engage in it.
Because the washing machine has so many options does not mean that all of them need to be utilized. My Internet devices have many features, but this does not mean I have to use all of them.
Social networks abound, but that does not mean I need to spend my time engaged in all of them—or in any of them. Actually, I outsource all of my social networking. If someone once to engage me, my phone number and email are readily available.
A desire—more aptly—CURIOSITY often arises, but we should first reflect before we engage in the activity. Curiosity too often drives our behavior. In the process, the more useful and meaningful activities often drop by the wayside.
Tip: Just because something is available, does not mean we should or have to engage in it. Deal with stress by identifying what is useful and spend your time on that activity.
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