It’s Time To Manage Your Stress Level – Story #2

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

It’s Time To Manage Your Stress Level – Story #2

It was a meeting that I was looking forward to.

You would feel the same way if you happened to be reconnected to an old friend – one with whom you have shared some wonderful experiences in the past.

I arranged to pick my friend at his home so that we could spend more time together.

To say I was shocked when I saw him was an understatement.

Many questions ran through my mind.

What happened to the cheerful person I used to know?

Where was the bubbly personality that used to come up on tops in almost everything?

What happened to your appearance, energy level, and health?

And all the dreams and hopes you used to have?

Obviously, I kept those questions to myself.

It didn’t take me too long to find out the answers.

My old friend had gone through many challenges in life.

Instead of learning from these challenges, he had taken the slippery road downhill.

As my old friend shared his life story, my heart cried out for him.

I could imagine the unhealthy food, sugar, alcohol and salt poured into his body.

Visualize the parties and the “wild life” (although he didn’t quite go into details) taking its toll.

Feel the different forms of escape – from lazing around obsessively in front of the television to plotting for revenge.

I could sense the unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, guilt, fear, sorrow, and the whole gamut of negative emotions coasting through his being.

Instead of taking a positive fight or flee option – my old friend took what I called the ‘froze’, ‘flip flop’, and ‘failed’ approach.

My old friend did everything he shouldn’t do in managing stress – and he knew it.

The wake-up call finally came one day – he almost collapsed and lose his life.

He had a major surgical operation and was fortunately given a new lease of life.

That meeting and many similar encounters left a deep mark on my heart.

Managing stress is a conscious choice.

You have an option to choose how you perceive challenges and interpret their purpose, meaning and significance to your life.

Respond to challenges as learning and feedback experiences to make you a better person.

You do not have to participate in negative thoughts, reactions and activities but instead, you can “force feed” your mind with positive inputs.

You have the potential and ability to respond to these challenges positively.

And flood your life with healthy activities.

There are many options available to you and they can be free of charges.

Many of the other options require only minimal time, money and effort.

Please allow me to list some of them.

Be wise in choosing the activities that best meet your needs.

1. Meditations
2. Deep breathing and relaxation techniques
3. Long baths
4. Exercises
5. Walks
6. Friendships
7. Interactions on Social Medias
8. Playing with children
9. Playing musical instruments
10. Having hobbies
11. Attending talks and seminars
12. Charity initiatives
13. Religious activities
14. Going to a spa
15. Having Massages
16. Reading
17. Writing
18. Journaling
19. Enjoying music
20. Watching comedy shows
21. Travels and tours
22. Spending time with pets
23. Time with nature
24. Doing arts and crafts
25. Professional and civic involvements
26. Watching movies

Develop a plan to have healthy activities that will enhance your well-being.

Take action now.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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