Wake up & think positive
" Too much worry leaves less room for hope. Too much stress keeps away Joy."
I have been asking myself recently whether worry and stress are one and the same thing or synonymous . Sometimes we already have the answers to the question and my answer to the question is that they are not one and the same. They may be related but they are not one and the same. My curiosity of definition and or explanation of stress led me to the dictionary.
The first definition according to Merriam Webster dictionary is that stress is a constraining force exerted one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against or compresses another body or body part. Self explanatory and not exactly what I was looking for but keep that type of stress in mind anyway and be careful with your body parts.
The second definition was more what I was looking for, which is stated as a physical or emotional factor that causes mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.; a state resulting from a stress especially one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existing equilibrium, such as job related stress. " You can also add relationship stress as a factor or the umbrella factor, which just about covers all factors, for if no relationship, then no stress.
Merriam Webster definition does not specifically attribute stress to worry or identify worry as a factor. Dictionary .com in its definition or description of stress as a verb without objects uses the phrase to experience stress or worry. There you have a link to worry and stress being Synonymous. They have nearly the same meaning but they are not the same. One can be the cause of the other and or one leads to the other. What they do share in common is that they can generate negativity, which leads back to the Merriam Webster definition as a possible factor in disease causation. I have no doubt about that and I have no doubt about the altered equilibrium.
I am not possessed by negativity because my mind is full of positive thoughts but that does not prevent worry. I worry about a lot of things, but I do not stress about a lot of things and that is why the question originally came to mind. I worry about others more than I worry about myself sometimes. I worry about the world around me and some of the things that are happening but I also realize that there are some things over which I have no control and I certainly do not control the minds of others or their ways.. Worry as much as I may, there are people I cannot change, there are things that I cannot change and certainly events that I cannot change and so I focus on what I can do with the time that is mine.
The worries that do get through the positive shield from time to time or time and time again do have the tendency and some power to alter the existing equilibrium. The worries do not however transform themselves into stress because there is another factor other than positivity at play. It is called logic and also keeping the mind busy or keeping momentum and getting things done.
One simple equation to life or a simple perception of life is ` the past, the present and the future." The past is gone and what is done is done and what is lost is lost, unless of course it can be recovered.. The present is the gift of now and if the worry of the past persists, you may still have the opportunity to resolve it. If not, let it belong to the past. To the future lies the gift of hope and no point stressing about what has not yet happened or is about to happen that is personal to you, because it is yours to mould.
Once upon a time, I may have granted stress access to my mind and my being and opened the door wide open to negativity but not anymore. Access denied. I will still worry about some things and definitely some people, family and my children for sure, but no stress. I intend to keep my equilibrium, I intend to remain positive, to use now to resolve, to nourish my well being and believe in the future.
Try not to worry too much and definitely do not stress too much. Neither do any good and what you might be stressing over probably has a tendency to become redundant anyway. On that note may your troubles be few and your blessings be many or may your blessings be more than your troubles.