Stress, while a part of life, is not a normal, healthy state and that's something I'm sure we all realise. Sadly, it can seem easier to just accept that stress without taking action to keep it at manageable levels or eliminate it entirely — a situation author Amity Gaige believes is a mistake.
Gaige, in an article on Huffington Post, details five mistakes "you can't afford to make". The first one points out that we shouldn't always be in crisis mode and we need to realise that being stressed constantly or having your mind always running at full speed isn't good.
Gaige says it's important to make the distinction between actual problems and ones we make up or seek out in their absence:
But after [my actual problems] passed ... I noticed it took a long, long time to stop feeling like I was desperately late somewhere. Because my body was still speeding, my mind started to look for new crises. But it's dangerous to accept crisis as your baseline. It gets harder and harder to see the anti-crises that are so requisite to happiness: the quiet times, the crucial pauses — like those in a poem.
This is just one of several observations Gaige outlines; hit up the Huffington Post below for the full article.
5 Mistakes You Can't Afford To Make [Huffington Post]