Faced with life stressors, you have two choices: On the one hand, you can say the hell with it and withdraw into a protective shell. No matter how stressed out life makes you feel you just decide to live with the stress and avoid trying to do anything about it. This choice keeps you in your comfort zone, but from a psychological perspective it will turn you into a stagnant pool, a state where you exist, but are not living your life in any productive or satisfying way. This avoidance strategy makes coping with stress virtually impossible.
On the other hand, you can decide to attack the stress in your life, to accept challenges and meet them as best you can. That’s what this blog is all about. You can decide not to be ruled by your emotions, but to accept them and use them to your advantage. This choice requires more effort and focus than the first one, but we believe that the effort is well worth it in the long run. This choice also involves some basic truths about life and coping:
You can only control your thoughts and your actions.
Life must be lived in the present.
Optimism is good but must be grounded in reality.
Excessive dependency on others is the enemy of self-empowerment.
You must accept your emotions but not let them rule you.
Positive actions are more powerful than positive thoughts.
You learn more from failure than from success.
You should accept help from those you trust.
You should try to serve others when appropriate.
Your body is designed for movement, so keep it moving.