Stress is a threat … real or imagined. It’s a perception that demands will exceed our resources that causes stress, anxiety, and freaks us out. Usually the perceived threat doesn’t require a major chemical and biological response … like we need when running from a bear. Running from stress to stress during the day feels like we ran away from 20 angry bears without a break. No wonder we find ourselves stressed and exhausted at the end of the day. Stop trying to change and control things we can’t control. Instead focus on controlling your thoughts and response after you perceive clearly what is really going on. In the present moment there is no stress. So pause, get present and you will find that what you thought was a bear is really a cute chipmunk and the stress just melts away.

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