Are You Too Tense?
Too tense? You may be experiencing a chronic level of physical and emotional tension. Those who take time to relax and release inner tension do much better physically and emotionally than those who fail to engage in such behavior. People who can master their stress have a higher quality of life than those who do not or will not “let go.”
If you are tense, you probably engage in a behavioral style that is not conducive to effective stress management. If you can find more time to relax, you will counteract the negative effect of stress. Learn how to relax your body and emotions by focusing your attention on more peaceful thoughts.
Being tense and finding little or no time to relax is an important stress indicator. The value you place on taking time for yourself determines whether you are a relaxed person in a tense world — the sign of a person who has mastered their own stress.
Tense people often feel incredible levels of guilt about taking it easy and being good to themselves. Prolonged tension can cause muscle aches, pain, and fatigue. Back and headache pain are the most common physical symptoms of too much stress and tension. Other symptoms include the following:
- Pain and disease
- Poor decision making
- Reduced physical energy
- Increased errors
- Lower quality of work
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tendency to avoid others
Tense people rarely take lunch breaks, read books, or take a walk.
Things to Know About Coping with Being Tense
Take time for you!
Ask yourself: “Am I giving too much to others and not enough for myself? Do I need to take time to pamper myself?” If the answers are “yes,” refuse to feel guilty about it and do it!
If you feel guilty when you do something enjoyable for yourself, chances are you will stop doing it. Ultimately, you lose. You may be living your life through other people’s standards and expectations. Take control of your guilt-producing thoughts. Focus on the benefits to you and your family that will occur when you are a more relaxed and energized person.
Go to lunch and don’t rush
Take a long lunch break at least three times a week. Don’t do business during lunch. Read a novel over a cup of tea. Go to a museum. Sit quietly by a stream. Eat slowly. Try a new restaurant. Go out with a good friend and agree not to discuss problems or business.