In physics, stress is described as an external force producing internal distortion or strain. As a working definition, I like to use the following: It's our interpretation of external events that produces internal distortion or strain.
To sum it up in one word - perception.
But, there's more. It has to do with values. When you honour your values, you feel better, more alive. It's as if you've listened to yourself - listened to what is deep in your heart. Many things can get in the way and soon, your values - the things that are important to you - take a back seat.
Ironically, the more stressed you are, the less likely your true self shines. The likelihood of you living your values lessens. The less you live your values, the more you experience stress. And around it goes.
Time and time again, I hear people say that they need to clean out their closet, the garage or the buffet, but yet they never seem to get to it. Orderliness or neatness is one of their values. It becomes an irritant, a tornado of unused and unwanted items that have taken on a life of their own. It's always present and it is a painful reminder of a job unfinished.
Stress transformation doesn't take a lot of time. What it does require, though, is a willingness to do it, consistency and a plan. I can help you with that.
What is Weeding-Out Wednesday?
I thought it may be an interesting and hopefully, a fun experiment for you to join me in Weeding-Out Wednesday. Choose a small area in your home and set the timer for fifteen minutes and "Go!"
If you're stressed by the lack of orderliness, then this may be the "push" you need. You'll be surprised what you can accomplish in just fifteen minutes.
In addition to taking that important first step, your efforts may result in something to donate, discard or display. Why not make every Wednesday a Weeding-Out Wednesday?
Here's the next step, now that you're done:
Take a picture of the newly cleared/cleaned out area, an object that didn't belong there, or something you've been looking for. Then share the link of where you posted the picture.
- a drawer in your filing cabinet
- your tool box
- one book shelf
- the glove compartment in your car
- the button box
- a dresser drawer
- the magazine rack
- the odds 'n ends drawer
- a bulletin board
Today, I tackled the "I don't know where to put it, so I'll stick it in here drawer" in the office!