Quick! If you could be anywhere on earth right now, where would it be? Home? The beach? A tropical island? A secluded hotel? A nightclub? Now, ask yourself why. Is it the people? The natural beauty of the trees, mountains, water, etc.? The wildlife? The architecture? The quiet? The excitement?
The answer is going to be different for everyone, of course. Me, I’d be in Ireland right now reveling in its many shades of green and embracing that feeling I couldn’t shake when I was there 11 years ago of being “home.” I have a few friends, however, who want nothing to do with Ireland because “it rains too much.” To each her own. They can go sit on the beach and bake for hours without me; that’s just not my thing. And that’s good. Things would be pretty boring if we all liked the same stuff.
It’s no secret that some places are more stressful than others. It’s also no secret that what stresses one person out is a balm for another. For instance, an introvert will be totally stressed in a workplace with an open office plan, while an extrovert will thrive. Many of the reasons we find a place pleasant, relaxing, or enjoyable can be put down to personality and preferences. But not all of them.
Let’s say you book a hotel on paradise beach for vacation. It could be heaven on earth or it could be pure hell, and the difference lies in these 4 categories:
You can apply these categories to any place you frequent (or only go to occasionally) – home, office, cottage, grocery store, restaurant, etc. – to help determine which places are most likely to increase your stress level, and as a result increase your pain level as well.
You can then use this knowledge to make changes in the environments you have control over. You can declutter your living room, tuck the electrical cords out of the way in your office, or tap those popped nails back into the chair rail in your dining room.
For those environments you have no control over, you’ll need to decide if there’s a better time to go there or if you need to avoid the place altogether. If you can’t avoid the place, you can at least devise a plan to keep your stress to a minimum and your safety to a maximum.
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