STRESS abounds in every life, regardless of gender, economic, religious, ethnic boundaries. It is a fact of life, a part of the human experience.
EXCESS STRESS is not a necessity; it is more a learned attitude about how we deal with life’s demands including our ability or inability to draw boundaries, to make choices that support our dreams and actual design as an individual, and to release negative perceptions of who we are.”
LIFE BALANCE is a worthy and attainable goal for all our lives. We find ourselves in a peak performance, joyful life stance as we learn and apply healthy emotional, physical, mental and spiritual coping skills provided through the De-Stress for Success® eBook/iBook and Workshops.”
The Vanderlip’s are devoted to guiding others to freedom from unhealthy levels of stress, anxiety and fear that arise from our work, homes, society, peer pressure, family and personal attitudes. And now, heightened to extremes by COVID-19.
Burnout can be overcome, if not avoided, when we can see we have choices; and CHOICES are revealed in the quiet moments of meditation; a deep breathing exercise; a yoga asana (position) where our mind is occupied by inner focus; when we our deepest fears are made manageable by reframing, reality checks, talking it out, journaling away the concerns – assumptions – resentments – and energy-sapping thoughts lingering in our minds.
The BODY, the MIND, and the SPIRIT respond to the simplest of stress management effort – and find harmony, peace, rejuvenated health and energy, BALANCE.
The process is simple: first, learn to identify our own stress cycles and triggers – the situations, people, concerns that cause your mind to race and spin-out, your heart to pump too hard, and your attitude to tank or over control. Secondly, learn new ways to stop the cycle and replace it with calm, clarity, choices and hopefulness. Third create mindfulness and ability to catch ourselves at the beginning of stress reactions and practice the new CHOICES.
It becomes easier and, eventually, a productive and fulfilling lifestyle as we accept our right and reasonability to self-care and self-nurture in all areas of our lives. Of course, we are human and will fall back into old habits of reacting with fear, control, sarcasm, rage, etc. So learning to accept progress over perfection and keep on trying, making our amends for reactions that harm others, then back to practicing new CHOICES!