What Is Causing Your Stress?

I used to actually think stress came with the territory when it came to work. As a Digital Project Manager I would blame my stress on the complex project I was on. 

The truth is though that stress is a feeling and our feelings are caused by the ebb and flow of our thinking experience. Projects do not and can not cause stress. Projects have no special powers to cause you to actually *feel* one way or another. 

It is totally understandable that we blame our stressful feelings on something external, like a project or [boss, client, deadline, spouse, bank balance etc] because when we feel something we look outside for the cause of it. That's the way it looks to us. 

But like so many things the way it "looks to us" is not always the way it is. 

It looks to us like the sun rises every morning and sets every evening... 

The thought, feeling connection happens so quickly that we miss it. 

Ok, so what can I do about my stress?

You don't have to do anything. I used to try and fix my stress by hitting the beers after work. Others may go for a run or go to the gym. An there is nothing wrong with these things. But the problem occurs if we believe that medicating or meditating solves the issue. It turns out that just seeing through this misunderstanding of what is causing our stress is enough. You and I will continue to feel stressed from time to time. We're human and it's natural to get swept away with the ebb and flow of life and projects. But just knowing, in the back of your mind, that your experience of stress is caused by the ebb and flow of thought helps take the edge off. These days as a result of this understanding I don't get stressed nearly as much and when I do I catch it much earlier.