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Overcoming mental pressures and stress (part 2)

December 5, 2023

Overcoming Mental Pressures And Stress (Part 2)

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Can we experience freedom only when there is an absence of outside pressure? We feel pressured from many sides. At work, we feel the pressure to do tasks as per fixed guidelines of set systems and within boundaries of time, of keeping up our performance as per others’ expectations and as good as the performance of our colleagues. In relationships, we feel the pressure of experiencing success in them, of satisfying others and gaining respect from them. In studies, we feel the pressure of having to excel in them, not only because that is instrumental in building our future but because of the desire to be seen in a positive light by others. We feel the pressure of having to earn more and more wealth to satisfy the necessities, comforts and luxuries of the family and to maintain a certain image in society. When there are problems in our life, we feel pressure when we are not able to solve them quickly or in the way that we want. Failure or its fear, in any sphere of life, generates pressure inside us. Sometimes we experience pressure because the mind is not functioning as per how we want or we are not able to transform our negative inner personality to a positive one as much as we want.  When we believe that something harmful can happen if we don’t reach our set aims and objectives on time or in a certain manner, we feel pressured. Physical illnesses or their fear can also create pressure for some of us.  

And so life turns into an endless amount of pressure speed breakers that appear one after the other, unsettling us and not giving us time to relax. When we feel pressured, it seems that the life forces rule our life and we do not feel free.  In the long-term, this repetitive habit of creating feelings of pressure and carrying such baggage ends up leaving us exhausted on an emotional and spiritual level.

                                  (To be continued tomorrow…) 

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