Every time I travel to Europe (especially outside of the big cities) I notice that the stress level tends to be much lower than what we have here in the US.
Yes, big city folks tend to always be on edge (think of the typical New Yorker), but I’ve found folks from New Hampshire to Michigan and from Florida to Missouri to posses as much stress, albeit at a different level, than the typical city dweller.
The whole thing got me thinking, can one really live a practical and cost conscious life if stress is present? I’m not talking about occasional stress that is associated with a job or family, rather I’m talking about the constant stress that keeps you up at night or prevents you from enjoying the weekends or a nice meal.
I used to work a pretty stressful job in a competitive industry and after a day at the office I didn’t want to handle any of the practical living things I’ve been blogging about on Scordo.com; in fact, at the end of day all I wanted was a glass of wine and some food (preferably the kind that I didn’t have to make myself). Now, removed from the hyper-competitive industry and working a sane job, I find time to cook, read, work on the house, and be with my family (all at the level that I want).
So, yes, stress is bad! It’s bad for the obvious reasons (namely, physical and mental), but it’s also bad because it robs the individual of time to stop and think about how to live one’s life in the best possible way.
More specifically, stress can prevent you from doing most of the following things:
1. Learning new skills or following your passion.
2. Reading both fiction and non fiction books.
3. Working on your home so you don’t have to pay someone else to mow your lawn, clean your kitchen, wash your windows, build some bookshelves, etc.
4. Looking at your household budget and making adjustments to find savings.
5. Spending time with your wife/husband and kids.
7. Cooking great meals.
8. Sharing a good conversation.
9. Thinking and planning ahead.
I know it’s difficult to control stress and people handle it in different ways (and some are able to cope more than others), but as a general rule of thumb living a practical and fulfilled life is about controlling stress.
This is a guest post from Vince who runs Scordo. Scordo.com provides daily tips and advice on practical living, saving money, how to, food, and home improvement. In short, Scordo.com will help you lead a high quality lifestyle! Scordo.com – Be Practical, Live Better.