This past week, for me, has been eventful. I have come to know myself a little more of what I can and cannot handle.
I have the regrettable habit of taking on way more than I can chew. This is because I tend to underestimate the tasks that I currently have, cause, well, I do them every day. In my mind, if I do them everyday then they will not take long and I can throw in something new daily, something to keep my mind stimulated. The problem here is that I also begin to underestimate the task that I took on too. This causes me to spread myself out way too thin and, as you might have guessed, causes some self induced stress.
As a really good and respectful friend has said “You are not a superhero woman.” That little statement puts some things in perspective. There really was no external force putting a huge amount of pressure per say. It was just myself with my high expectations on my abilities of what I can do. The following are some ways that self induced stress is initiated.
What situations cause self induced stress?
How do we reduce the probability of self induced stress?
There are many ways we can reduce the probability of self induced stress. Let’s take some time to look at them.
Not many of us have the ability to realize when we are the problem. It is a skill set that is gained only when you can look at yourself objectively and realize how flawed as an individual you really are. Those people that make jokes at their own expense or point out their own flaws may be thought of having a low self esteem. That is of course not the case. On the contrary, these people may highly value themselves and what talents they may possess.
It takes courage to laugh at your flaws and learn from mistakes made. In doing so, self awareness is achieved, and you can adjust so that the behavior is modified to become a proactive response to your circumstances.
Yaritza Ellison has been an nurse since 2010. She has been essential to the healing process of many and seeks to continue to do so. Her passion for mental health and self help literature has lead her to launch justyari.org, where she aspires to coach young ladies navigating through work-life balance.