The impact stress can have on us can be enormous, so big that you may not even realize all of the side effects. The obvious effect can be headaches, nausea, over eating/snacking, tension pain throughout your body, the list goes on. Many people around the US deal with stress on a daily basis of varying levels of intensity. This past record breaking government shutdown was a huge source of stress for contractors and federal employees alike. I myself was lucky to work for a contract company that had a plan in place that allowed us to still telework and get paid for that work. It still forced me to evaluate what I was doing, where I wanted to be, and make plans just in case I ran out of work and was furloughed.
I don’t recommend trying to figure out new goals and evaluating your life while under the stress of potential financial crisis. It only adds to the stress, which in turn wreaks havoc on my New Years Resolutions. I decided to give myself a little bit of a break this past week on said resolutions and will be working to remedy that this coming week.
It just goes to show that life doesn’t slow down and we have to roll with it. Life presents us with new opportunities and we must decide if we want to take them. We must decide for ourselves if our stress levels are too high or if we have the capacity to learn new things and meet new people. We must remember to look at these new opportunities with excitement and/or positivity. I recently had the opportunity to meet a bunch of new people and was rewarded in acquiring new friends. I may have had to psych myself up a bit for the events, but in the end it was worth the effort. I met some really cool people.
New Year= New possibilities
How do we want this new year to be different from the last? What changes do we want to make in our life?
I know I am ready for my next adventure, I just have to figure out what it is going to be. Are you ready? We have this one life we must take advantage of it.
“If happiness is the goal, which is should be, then adventures should be top priority.” – Richard Branson
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth… you can’t give up because if you give up… You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always always always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe