Unfortunately it isn't that easy, and these days stress seems like a vise that is continually squeezing the life out of us.
The hate that has reared it's ugly head in our country. The fear that millions of people have of losing their health insurance or of being deported . The threat of nuclear war with North Korea. Misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia.....it can be overwhelming.
Stress can affect every aspect of our lives. It affects our physical and mental well being. It affects our jobs and our relationships.
Over the last few months I have been suffering with red itchy blotches on my face. Although I have had this problem intermittently for a long time, it always went away. This time it didn't.
I decided I couldn't stand it any longer so I went to the dermatologist. Turns out I have two types of dermatitis on my face.
When she said it could be caused by stress I just went hmmmmm!!
After I got home I sat down and thought about all of the stressful things in my life. There was quite a long list and so I decided to start making some small changes.
I know I can't do anything about a lot of the stressors out there, but I do know I can manage the small things and learn to change how I react to the large things.
For now, when I start to feel stressed I just loudly say
GO AWAY STRESS.