God turns pressure into power – TD Jakes ft. Les Brown
When most of us feel pressure, it is for a reason. We may feel pressure on us because of our work, because of a deadline or because of debt. Knowing what is causing the pressure can help us to put it in God’s hands once we’ve done all we can. This gives us hope that someday we might come out victorious in the end, but for many of us that is not enough.
If you break that pressure you will find that your pressures come from putting too many stressful situations in your life.
Make Your Stress Smaller
The trick is to break down your stress into specific thing. Create manageable chunks that you can deal with in a timely manner.
So let’s take a look at one of the biggest culprits: work. If your main stressor is work, then chances are that you can break this down further to identify precisely what it is about work that is putting so much pressure on you. Here are some examples of aspects of our jobs that make us feel under pressure:
* Looming deadlines
* Angry bosses
* Unpleasant colleagues
* Uncomfortable workspaces
* Busy, long commutes
* Things you would rather be doing
* Wearing work clothes
* Making calls
* Speaking in public
* Having too much to do
All these things can make us feel overwhelming pressure about our jobs and most likely there are a number of these things playing on your mind.
But now you’ve broken it all down and you know the specifics, you should find it becomes much easier to start dealing with the problems individually.
So for instance: if you have a colleague you don’t like, you could ask to be moved to another part of the office. Likewise, if your workspace is uncomfortable, you could speak to HR about getting a new chair, or you could put a plant on your desk. Don’t like the long commute? How about looking into a lift share, or finding an alternative route. Workload too big? Then again, speak to someone and ask to have it shared!
Likewise, you might find that other ‘big’ stresses in your life can be made easier when you break them down into their smaller tasks.
Pressure from debt? Then perhaps one aspect of that is not being able to afford things, in which case making and sticking to a budget could help. Another aspect could be worrying about your credit score, in which case you could talk to your bank manager or a debt advisor.