Being stressed doesn’t have to be a casualty of today’s hectic lifestyle. You can learn to create time for fun, peace and joy. Our bodies, minds and souls were meant to work hard, but not 24/7, as is so poignantly illustrated by this woodcutter story:
Tom, a wood-cutter, worked for a timber company for five years, but was never given a raise. The timber company then hired Jack and within a year Jack was given a raise. Tom resented Jack being given a raise after only a year and went to his boss to complain about it. The boss said, “You are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting five years ago. We are a results-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up.” So Tom went back and started working harder and putting in longer hours, but he still was not able to cut more trees. He went back to his boss and told him of his difficulty. The boss told Tom to talk to Jack. “Maybe there is something Jack knows that you and I don’t.”
Tom went to Jack and asked how he managed to cut so many trees. Jack answered, “After every tree I cut, I take a break for two minutes and sharpen my axe.”
Moral of the story:
Take time to evaluate yourself and your life and make sure that the tools you are using are sharp!
All work and no play makes our tools (mind, body, soul) dull. The first step to sharpening our tools is through self-awareness. Do you notice how certain music makes you feel? Do you feel energized drinking something cold? How does the color green make you feel? What about blue? Why? Take some time to know YOU!
Some topics we could discuss are:
- Relaxation Practices
- Work (school) and Life Balance
- Assertive Communication
- Couple/Family Relations
- Health and Wellness
- Body Image
- Financial goals