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Stress and Serenity

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Many people ask the question, “How do I eliminate stress in my life?” The simple answer is that you don’t. Stress is an important element in our lives and it helps drive us towards change. Though stressors can often become overwhelming, they are not always avoidable. This is where the well-known, Serenity Prayer holds true:


God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr


Many people experience stress at work and think that a change in jobs/employers is the answer. But be careful, if you are stressed at work because you have difficulty managing your time, that stress will follow you even when you change careers. Having to deal with deadlines at work is something that probably will not change no matter where you work. But learning better time management techniques is an element you can change. The key is to identify your stressors and determine which are avoidable and make a corrective plan of action to avoid stress-provoking situations.

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