I have stress issues. They go along nicely with my control issues. Learning to pause and think things through before reacting is one of my major stumbling blocks. I had gotten pretty good at doing that years ago but, slowly, my grasp on calm slipped away. I’m going to be working on that again.
My old standby phrase to help with getting control over my stress and anger was “will this really matter in 10 years?” and, most of the time, whatever was bothering me wouldn’t matter.
To help me in my quest to find calm, my lovely wife got me a super cool stress ball. It’s one of the Infectious Disease Stress Balls from ThinkGeek.com. I got the Bubonic Plague one. Here’s a video of them in action:Â http://youtu.be/C8uoJbjXcMM