- I look after my diet
- I exercise regularly
- I spend at least 30 minutes a day doing nothing
- I meditate often
- I drink fewer than 3 cups of coffee a day
- I am comfortable with silence
- I plan my day
- I work in a job I like
- My efforts are recognised by my superiors
- I take regular holidays
- I am seldom bored
- I have a pet
- I have an active social life
- I can see the positive side of change
I laughed because I didn’t even need to look at the title of the chapter to guess correctly that it was about stress and how it can be “measured”.
I laughed more because all the things listed above can reduce stress and I still don’t do many of them. And then I cried.
I cried because most of these tasks are simple and should be an automatic part of anyone’s day but I still find them difficult to put into practice. I should look after my diet, I should get enough exercise, I should take time to relax and take holidays. I should do a lot of things but they just don’t get done.
So trying to take a positive approach I am going to think about small changes I can make so that the next time I come across questions like these, instead of laughing ironically, I have a nice, smug smile on my face instead. 🙂