There are many factors in our lives that are out of our control. The genes we inherit, the environment we are born into, the behavior of others, sudden storms and so on. But there are factors we can control. We have control of our decisions and how we choose to react to situations.
When you take a trip, you can plan ahead: you choose the best destination for a rewarding vacation, map your route, reserve motel rooms ahead of time, and plan what you want to do and see. If you come across a road detour or a rainy day keeps you inside, you can allow it to ruin your entire vacation or you can plan ahead for those contingencies and choose to still have a great time.
You can’t control the genetic factors that might affect your health, but you can control how your lifestyle impacts your health. Choosing healthy behaviors such as eating healthy, exercising, not smoking or drinking, and focusing on the positives can decrease the genetic risks you may have inherited.
Trying to control the uncontrollable can create anxiety and stress in your life. Trying to take on responsibility for things that you are not responsible for can also create anxiety and stress. When this goes on for too long period of a time, it can create unresolved anger that can then lead to depression.
By identifying the areas in your life that you can and can’t control you can begin planning a journey to better health. Make a list. What uncontrollable things are you trying to control? Are you experiencing misplaced responsibility? Do you feel guilt over things that weren’t your responsibility or you had no control over? Are there people you need to forgive, even though they will never ask for or want your forgiveness? Where can you let go and where can you take control?
Unmanaged stress and anxiety can lead to feelings of helplessness, fatigue, apathy, health issues, and depression. Managed stress gives you greater strength, more energy, enthusiasm, confidence, success and joy. You can take control of your health and well-being. If you need help managing your stress and anxiety, contact us today to schedule an appointment! We look forward to helping you find the best solution for you to get relief.