My new goal in life is stress reduction.
Correction: There's no way to actually reduce stress. Life is stressful. In my line of work, I see people every day who are dealing with much more stressful situations than me. I could say that once my kids are a little older, things will be easier, but there's no guarantee of that. From everything I've heard, dealing with teenagers isn't a walk in the park. The job I took that was supposed to be part time and low stress has evolved into something that's not really part time and somewhat stressful.
So my goal is to improve the way I deal with stress.
A little background:
I'm someone who tends to somaticize my stress. This has manifested itself in many different ways throughout my life. In my mid thirties, it's mostly been musculoskeletal. For a while, I was doing well, but a recent big stress caused everything to get worse. Lately, I've had constant tightness in my upper traps that I can't seem to get rid of. When I'm feeling good, I can ignore a little muscle tightness, but when I start focusing on it, it becomes this terrible pain that takes over my whole life. As a physiatrist, I know and use every modality there is, but I recognize that a large part of it is psychological.
My problem is that I'm not a spiritual person. The idea of sitting and meditating is very, very hard for me. I've tried countless times with little success.
How can I achieve my goal of stress reduction? Has anyone been successful with this? I'm determined to do this, because I see myself going down a path that frightens me.