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Written by Vicki Hinze

On October 6, 2008

WARNING:  This is a no-edit zone…

In the last week, every email that I’ve gotten from those who read this blog has related to crisis and stress.  Understandable, considering.

Stress either builds slowly over time or comes on like a gangbuster and body slams you.  Either way, we know that stress kills.   Many try to ignore what has them stressed.  They deny, rationalize, ignore, suppress, or otherwise attempt to hide from the stress factors that are burdening them.

It doesn’t work.  And the impairments that come with it impact you emotionally, spiritually and physically.  There is no calm, peace, serenity and the physical body rebels against all those things.  You see headaches, body aches even nausea and colon challenges.  The entire body can be impacted and tossed into turmoil.

What does work?

Dealing with the stress.

How do you do that?

Get physical.
Exercise releases endorphins that counter the chemical imbalance stress brings on.

Get rested.
Weariness and exhaustion destroys our ability to make calm, rational decisions or to set our course of actions.

Get smart.
Whether your worries are personal, your private business, your professional business, the nation’s business–get informed.  It’s impossible to make wise choices when you don’t know the details.  When you understand the challenge, then you can focus on the solution.

Making that shift–from the challenge to the solution is paramount in lowering your stress level.  Why?  Because command of the matter gives you confidence that the decisions you make will be good ones, seated in wisdom.

These are stressful times and they’re going to get worse before they get better.  Every generation has its challenges, and this one is no exception.  That isn’t always a bad thing.  It’s not pleasant, but challenges have value.  If we elect not to ignore but to deal with these challenges, we often discover what we stand for, what we will not stand for.  We discover our strengths, our character.

We discover ourselves . . .



Vicki Hinze


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