Harrison Law April 2020

April 2020 Te Contractor’s Advantage

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A Ubiquitous Part of Modern Life

Stress is a normal part of our lives. We all experience it, and it can feel inescapable. Helping my clients manage stress is an important part of my job. They hire me and I take on many of the stressful tasks they wish to avoid or don’t have the bandwidth to take care of themselves. I can take an objective look at their situation in a way they cannot. Having distance and perspective can be a major benefit for clients who may be emotionally or financially tied to a primary element of the case, and clients are grateful to have someone take charge and provide a path to resolution. It lifts a weight from their shoulders and allows them to think more clearly. You could say it helps them sleep better at night. April is Stress Awareness Month. This is important because no one lives a stress-free life. Even the Dalai Lama, who dedicates his life to meditation, experiences stress. Though it’s unavoidable, there are many ways to deal with stress. Clinically speaking, there are two types of stress: distress and eustress. Distress is what we generally associate with the word “stress.” It’s the negative form of stress that many people think of as anxiety and discomfort. Eustress, on the other hand, is a motivating form of stress. For example, athletes feel eustress during a big game, and it pushes them to perform better. This kind of stress feels positive. We feel more in control of it, and it’s worth embracing. Some people find it difficult to manage negative stress. One of the most effective stress-management techniques I’ve found is figuring out the cause of, or the “why” behind, the stress I’m experiencing. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” There’s truth in this, and it is helpful in stress management because understanding why you’re doing something helps you keep your purpose in mind. Then you can more easily turn distress into eustress. It’s also important to remember that the human body and mind can only do so much. If stress becomes too intense, it can be harmful. It’s become the norm in America to work 50–60 hours or more a week. That’s not healthy, and working long hours does not correlate to good performance

or increased productivity. In fact, it’s the opposite. Too much work leads to excess stress and foggy thinking. Time off is necessary for optimal work. We need to rejuvenate ourselves and take breaks when necessary, whether that’s walking away from a task for a short while or taking a two- week vacation. On the other hand, some stress is necessary for growth. A lot of people think living a stress-free life would be a life of bliss. But if you want to grow as a person, what would push you? What outside forces would stimulate growth? If you want to increase muscle mass, for example, you need to do more than take supplements. You must work

the muscles in order for them to grow. Exercise is key. This applies to just about everything in life, too. You must endure stress to grow. The challenge is transforming distress into eustress, which can make all the difference. Finding a balance is what leads to a life of bliss.

-Jeremy Wyatt

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