The Dalai Lama On Fighting Stress

His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama

No matter how calm and happy we are there are always times when we feel stress in our lives.

Sometimes that stress is good and pushes us forward to improve our lives.  For example, if you feel stress over your financial situation, it can help push you forward to finding a new job or an additional source of income.

But, for many of us, stress can take over and rule our lives.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai LamaIn an article titled Fight stress, positively: Dalai Lama, His Holiness offers some tips on reducing our stress.

As I’ve written before, I often worry about things over which I have no control.  The Dalai Lama offers this advice:

One of the approaches that I personally find useful is to cultivate the thought: If the situation or problem is such that it can be remedied, then there is no need to worry about it. In other words, if there is a solution or a way out of the difficulty, you do not need to be overwhelmed by it. The appropriate action is to seek its solution. Then it is clearly more sensible to spend your energy focusing on the solution rather than worrying about the problem. Alternatively, if there is no solution, no possibility of resolution, then there is also no point in being worried about it, because you cannot do anything about it anyway. In that case, the sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be for you. This formula, of course, implies directly confronting the problem and taking a realistic view. Otherwise you will be unable to find out whether or not there is a resolution to the problem.

To your happiness!

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