What if stress was your friend?
What if viewing stress as an enemy, you began to view stress as a frien-emy? What if you tried to make it become your friend?
Let’s be friends!
Stress is a life-long relationship that you can’t ignore. By treating it like an enemy, it’s as if we are cropping this constant companion from all of our pictures. What would it be like if we looked at the entire picture? This friend has totally been there for you in the past! They helped you get through college! And just last week, your friend stress helped you get that report in to your boss on time.
First though, is the challenge of moving our instinctive reaction of viewing stress as our enemy to a more constructive relationship. We might not be ready for a full friendship, so how about frien-emy? When we have relationship, we can better dissect what’s stressing you and identify what’s annoying you (that’s the part that can take a hike!).
Let’s be real!
So, think about this relationship realistically. When has stress helped you? And how can you use that information to help you in the future?
Another great metaphor for stress is that it’s simply a tool. Power tools can inflict a great deal of harm on us when we don’t learn how to use them properly or don’t take control of them. However, they are incredible tools to build beautiful things.
So it’s up to you; do you choose to use your stress tool to your advantage, or do you choose to let your stress tool continue hurting you?
crosslinked and co-written with The Hedgehog Way