On Friday night I was so stressed from my vision of the coming week that all I could do was cry about it. Then just the next day, I got sick. The negative emotions generated by the spinning of my anxious thoughts so quickly translated into physical illness that my choice became clear. I could do my work with stress, or I could do it without stress. The former was so obviously uncomfortable that I opted for the “without stress” option.
It did not seem easy at first. My mind wouldn’t let go of thinking about the end products and panicking about how I would get there successfully. I wasn’t going to find peace of mind from my mind. That was the stress trigger itself. I knew that to make the decision to go about my tasks stress free I had to surpass the mind’s attempts to help altogether.
It then became all the more clear that the uncomfortable state I had been experiencing wasn’t due to any task I had to perform, but rather, by my thoughts about their outcomes.
Focusing on the fruits of your actions instead of the actions themselves creates stress. If you’re feeling like I was last Friday, look at your situation and notice if you are thinking about the end product instead of just dealing with the task at hand. That slight shift in perspective may be the step that takes you out of stress altogether.