As you all know if you follow me on social media, I get stressed out. A lot. I tend to overwork myself for a while, then burn out, then start that cycle all over again. What does that lead to? The joys of chronic stress!
I’ve been feeling this way for a while, as you may be able to tell from my lack of blog posts (sorry!). When I’m stressed, inspiration to write just isn’t there. However, I came across a message from my church that is changing my mindset once again, and I wanted to share – whether you’re religious or not.
What’s the #1 way to conquer chronic stress? Contentment.
We’re always wanting. We’re buying things we don’t need every day, maybe even plunging ourselves into more debt. Our thoughts are consumed by finances, perhaps even daydreaming about what it’d be like to have more, and how much easier our lives would be if we just had a little more change in our pockets… to buy more things we want that we think would make us happy.
But what if we just stopped for a moment, and completely trusted in God/the Universe/whatever you believe, that where we are right now is perfect and enough?
What if we looked past the material things, and really appreciated the people and the love and the faith in our lives? The things you cannot put a price on, the things you can’t buy (even on Amazon)?
What if you told yourself right now that you don’t need anything else, that what you have is perfect and exactly where you’re supposed to be?
Then, life suddenly becomes richer.
When you do get an extra opportunity or maybe a bonus check, don’t think of it as an opportunity to buy more stuff – think of it as a blessing that you get to choose what to do with and how you want to use that blessing. So maybe, instead of buying those shoes you don’t really need, you tuck that money away into your savings and instead share your blessing a different way by volunteering at a blood drive one day. Or maybe you do buy the shoes – I’m not saying don’t treat yourself every once in a while – but also make an effort to say “thank you” to the Universe/God by giving back to the world the same way you received from it.
When I heard this message, I felt like a giant weight was lifted off my shoulders. I don’t need anything else right now. I am exactly where I am supposed to be, and that where I am is perfect. Suddenly, my thoughts shifted from how can I get what I want/where I want to be to how can I serve the world and show my appreciation for what I have right now? That’s a pretty powerful shift right there.
I’ve had this sort of mindset change before, and I swear that whenever I do, something amazing follows. So instead of constantly thinking about what I don’t have right now and what I’d really like (go back to school for nutrition, be able to grow my business full time, be able to travel whenever I want, have a comfortable bank account, write a book, become a speaker, etc.), I’ll be thankful for where I am (because honestly, it’s pretty good) and trust that the path I am on is right, and focus my attention on being grateful and expressing that gratefulness by pouring goodness into the world any way that I can.
That’s way less stressful, right? : )