HIC 2016.05 Edition 5 me. stressed. cover photo
photo by: Gilles Lambert

Taking inventory of our internal well-being on a regular basis is fundamental to healthy living.

When we go through a challenging time, a big change, an unexpected disruption (or a planned one), it’s a good idea to ask ourselves, “Heyyyyy youuuu inside there, how are you doing?

The most important part of stress is this:  
Are you handling it ok?  

When I did this quiz my stress results were very high.  I knew they would be.  There’s been a lot of change over the past 12 months.  Along with the change, stress.  Of course!  It comes with the territory.

How we handle stress is what we need to measure.

Ask your closest relationships:  
“Do you think I handle stress well?”

For me personally, I’m making life-changing decisions and carving a new path – a path I want to live.  The impact these changes are having on me, the inner-person Karen, are monumental.  The paradox of this stress and change is that I’ve chosen it.  I want the change.

Regardless, change comes with risk, which inevitably induces greater levels of stress.

Although stress is a complex subject, I know what I have to do in order to stay healthy.  I don’t want stress to invoke physical ailments.

Since I’m in a season of high stress (note:  a season), I find myself much more diligent in making sure I’m doing ok.  Here are a few of my go-to’s that I find highly valuable and helpful.

Stress is a normal part of life, but it’s not to dominate our lives and it must not be given any controlling power on our circumstances.

– Karen Thrall


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