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DEALING WITH STRESS

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 28, 2013

BRYCE ON THE HUMAN CONDITION

– There sure seems to be a lot of people walking around uptight and find it difficult to relax.

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There are a lot of things that causes stress in our lives, such as finances, our family relationships, our work, medical conditions, driving, sex, competition, politics and world events; and I guess this is something that hasn’t really changed over the years. However, there sure seems to be a lot of people consumed with stress these days and believe it to be a natural part of their lives. They walk around uptight all of the time and find it difficult to relax. Often times they complain about migraine headaches, ulcers, tightness in their backs, and other body ailments. If you were to touch them, they would probably jump out of their skin. A lot of the stress such people possess is self-imposed. Many fear making a mistake, which might lead to their demise or cause people to think less of them. Consequently, we are seeing a generation of uptight perfectionists emerge who sweat over innocuous detail. Such people tend to drive the rest of us crazy.

To relieve stress, most of us do some sort of physical therapy, talk to people, perhaps a change of scenery or a good stiff drink. Not to be outdone, the drug companies have invented a whole new generation of chill-pills to get people to calm down and cope with their lives. Years ago “downers” were considered illegal substances, but I guess you have to hand it to the drug companies to legitimize them. Such drugs have become so prevalent in society that you have to wonder how our grandparents and great-grandparents ever got along without them, but remarkably, they did.

Plain and simply, stress results from the fact that we are human-beings and, as such, we are imperfect creatures who make wrong or bad decisions during our lifetimes. People do not want to admit to making mistakes, but we do. We also wish we could turn the hands of time backwards and change things, but we cannot. It is convoluted thinking to become consumed by the mistakes we made in the past. We should, of course, learn from them, but we should always be looking forward as opposed to backward. Just remember, the last guy who was perfect, they hung on a cross.

Whether we like it or not, the sun will inevitably rise again tomorrow and we have to have the fortitude to deal with it. Yes, we will continue to screw up and make mistakes, but we have to pick ourselves back up, lick our wounds, and keep going forward. Perhaps the best way to cope with bedlam is to laugh now and then. I think my father put the best spin on it years ago when he said, “I don’t have ulcers, I give them.”

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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6 Responses to “DEALING WITH STRESS”

  1. Dolphin, Cynthia (DOP) said

    Love your father’s statement, “I don’t have ulcers, I give them.” Lol

    Cynthia Dolphin
    Pace University Former Student

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  2. Alton Walston said

    The height of stress: Finding a snake in the out house after you sit down     Stress is the worry created by thought,  most of the time. Stress can also be physical brought about by strenuous labor of conditions. Two completely different type of stress.   The first is really cured by the same thing that created it: Thought.    We worry over the decision we make, however if we really give thought to the problem at hand we have choices, and many do not have the intelligence to make choices even though they are all presented to them.    Even drugs do not solve problems they only delay them.   It took years for me to learn how to deal with stress but it finally dawned on me what my father told me as a young man. “Look for the right thing to do and do it”

      But then I had a great upbringing with an engineer father and teacher for a mother. Right from wrong was taught from the very beginning. So basically I always know what has to be done, but sometimes reluctant to do it right away.     But you have hit the nail on the head.  Lots of folks are stressed and are  not nice to be around. And trying to help them a lot of times gets you in over your head. Cheers ole Blake

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  3. Alton Walston said

    There are lots of folks who do not understand way I am not stressed having 4 stage Urothelial Carcinoma Kidney cancer. But for me it is just another chapter in my life.

     It is a win/win situation, if God takes me home I have won, and if I get to stay and teach kids how to build model planes I have also won.  Life goes on and sometimes we just have to roll with the punches. Sooner or later they pass and life goes on.

      If I knew for sure I could pay all my monthly bills every month, I would be a totally happy man. I have had 70 wonderful years all with ups and downs and I cherish it all for it taught me how to deal with life.

    Regards ole Blake

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