:: Monday Mantra :: Change doesn't have to be stressful ::

:: Monday Mantra :: Change doesn't have to be stressful ::

 :: Mount Rainier National Park ::

:: Mount Rainier National Park ::

It seems like everyone I know is in a transitional phase right now. Either they are breaking up with a significant other, moving to a new home, or switching careers. Changes like these are overwhelming and can lead to stress, anxiety, and feelings of uncertainty. I am currently going through a metamorphosis which involves moving to a new place and some of my relationships have been shifting. Since the start of Spring everything has been different. Stress was my default emotion to handle all of these new obstacles.

 :: Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier ::

:: Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier ::

Every morning I would look at my to-do list and I would immediately feel like I had too many things on my plate. I would instantly feel exhausted and I was struggling to balance my work and personal life.  I am usually pretty good at finding the positive in situations, but I couldn't help but feel out of my groove.  Over the weekend I started to look at what was actually stressing me out and a lot of it was self-inflicted. My emotions about moving were causing me more stress than actually moving. I had an epiphany that made me realize that my perception was wrong. Change doesn't have to stressful. 

 :: Butterflies in Santa Cruz ::

:: Butterflies in Santa Cruz ::

Instead of looking at transitions as burdens, I needed to start to viewing them as opportunity. The moment that I accepted this as true, my stress level decreased. Breakups will always be painful. Moving will always be time consuming. Career changes will always be learning experiences. Stress is always going to weave in and out of our lives. Its all part of the human experience. We don't need to make difficult situations even worse by becoming consumed with stress. We have the ability to change our mind's definition of what a word means. For me, change has always been a synonym for stress and I'm setting a goal for myself to redefine what change means. It may take a while for me to accomplish this, but in the end all I really have to do is change my mind ;)

Thanks for reading! xx Rachael Arias

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