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Why Are We So Stressed Out?
Stress usually occurs when we are feeling overwhelmed by problems. It causes us to constantly worry about problems that we feel are not resolvable. For instance, we tend to focus on what we do not have, which causes us to overlook what we do have. The one thing that has always stuck with me was the phrase “Do not worry about what you cannot change; only worry about what you can change, and change it.” If you are feeling stressed out over a problem or situation, you have the ability to change it. If it is something that you cannot control or unable to change, then we have to learn to cope with that stress by adapting to it.
Personally, I do not enjoy the feeling of being “stressed out.” I try to remain calm at all times by coming up with solutions. If I am unable to find a solution to that problem, I let it go. We have to realize that stress comes from within and is controlled by our fears. So the next time you are feeling stressed out, just remember you have the power to change it.
Vashonte James, MSW, LCSW