Stress

If something is creating stress in your life, change it.

If you can’t change it, change your response to it.

“One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital.”

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.” …..Author Unknown

When the body feels threatened because of stress or anger the body releases adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream. These hormones cause heart rate and blood pressure to rise. Blood glucose (sugar) is diverted from your internal organs to your brain to increase your alertness. Most bodily functions, not vital to fleeing, such as digestion are temporarily suppressed. No wonder you get an upset stomach.

One of life’s greatest stressors, especially in the workplace, is dealing with other people—people who don’t see things the same way we do; people who don’t act the way we think they should act; people who don’t seem to care about others. Research says there are four resources that are critical for all of us as attempt to cope with the stressors in our lives: Problem-Solving - ability to deal directly with difficult situations and make changes to resolve them; Flexibility - how comfortable are you and how do you deal with unpredictable situations and with change; Communication - ability to share thoughts and feelings with others in order to promote mutual understanding - even when circumstances are difficult; Relationships - how you have developed a supportive social fabric in each area of your Often we have no control over the situation that is causing us stress; however, we can control

how we react to those stressors. Remember the garbage truck driver!