But you have a choice. You always have a choice.
You don’t need to succumb to the painful ramifications of stress. Instead of choosing the path of distress, you can choose the path that allows you to de-stress. Since I make my living as a freelance writer, allow me to use a hypothetical example from my professional life.
Let’s say that one of my clients asks me to write an article on the subject of the evolution of the Internet. As I make my way through writing this article, I get stuck on vocabulary choice. My mind is telling me to write “the advent of the Internet,” but I’d rather use a different word than advent. I could choose the path of distress, racking my brain for an alternative term… or I could just use “advent” and move on.
More often than not, I do my best not to sweat the small stuff. So long as the rest of the article is well-written and informative, little word choice elements like this really don’t matter. I can get the job done, the client can be happy, and we can move on to the next project.
Certainly, there is a productive kind of anxiety. Stress can lend itself to great personal and professional growth. The pressure of a timeline can motivate you to work more efficiently and more quickly. However, in the long run, stress can have a profoundly negative impact, both physically and mentally.
You do have a choice. You don’t need to be the damsel (or dude) in distress. You can take a moment, take a breath, and choose to de-stress instead. We all deserve a break sometimes.