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94. Stress and Relaxation


“The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances.

It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances.”

                                          … Andrew J. Bernstein


Stress relief story by Tom:

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job.

A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pick-up truck refused to start.

While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving, he invited me in to meet the family.

As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation.

His face was wreathed in smiles, and he hugged his two small children and then gave his wife a kiss.

Afterwards, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better of me.

I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that’s my worry tree,” he replied.

“I know I can’t help having worries on the job, but one thing for sure, worries don’t belong in the house with my wife and children.

So, I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.”

“Funny thing is,” he smiled,

“When I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before. It was only the way I reacted to it.”


Learning:

To relieve stress – do your favorite thing like eat your favorite chocolate, watch your all-time favorite movie, sing, dance, exercise, relax the best way you want to…. And repeat these till you are happy. Adjust your altitude and all that extra stress would be gone…

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