What will make a very ugly piece of coal a beautiful diamond? PRESSURE. For this amazing thing to happen, it takes decades of pressure exerted onto the lump of coal, internal heating, and unrelenting crushing to make this change. But in the end, it does change. And when it does, it becomes one of the most desired rocks on the planet. I could easily say that you want to accept this pressure in your world so that you can become a beautiful diamond, but the problem is that we aren't just sitting here while we are crushed. We have families, kids, jobs, school, illnesses, injuries, payments, etc every single day. If we just let this pressure crush us then we won't be able to move or handle these other things in our world. Yes, we need to use pressure to keep us moving but we need to block out unnecessary extras. This is where stress management comes into play. There will be some things that you will be able to change and some that you won't. You deal with those things you can change and attack them as aggressively as you can. This will allow you to stay in a place of movement rather just being stuck because you are overloaded. Now by doing this, it won't take away those other pressures out there but it keeps you from getting overwhelmed by them. We are really good at adding pressure by making things a bigger deal than they are. Not being able to pay your rent is a much bigger deal than spilling your coffee in your car. But how fired-up do you get when you spill your coffee? So the first step, stick to those things you can actually affect by your actions. Next, BREATH. The ol' count to 10 really isn't that bad. Close your eyes, then take 10 breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth. Slow everything down. Finally, be grateful and thankful for the good things you have in your world. This seems weird but when you think everything is a failure and all you think of is negative, then EVERYTHING is negative. If you can be thankful and happy about some things in your world, then it will keep your world much more level and you can have a better platform to get after those "things" you have to take care:)

FEEL THE BURN!! 

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