Level 10 Stress?

I was talking with someone who told me that their stress level was a ’10 out of possible 10′.

I don’t doubt it. I mean, for perspective, perhaps if that person were to have a conversation with a military combat leader in a war zone, they might change their rating a bit, but, the perception of feeling stressed out to your max is 100% real, no matter what anyone else is feeling.

If it’s a 10 out of 10 to you, it’s a 10 out of 10 to you.

And so, what to do about it?

Well, the first thing I might suggest is to break that into two parts.

The part you can control, and the part you cannot.

The part you cannot control is everything external: the weather, other peoples’ behaviors, the economy, and even (to a degree) the bills you have to pay (at least, right now).

The part you can control is everything internal: how you choose to respond to, or frame these situations inside your head.

That’s a start.

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