About Stress | Garret Kramer | A New Paradigm in Sports Psychology and Performance Coaching


About Stress

In this short piece, let’s consider a few things that you may have overlooked regarding stress. Cool? Okay, here goes:

Do you ever feel stressed? Right. You do. I do. Everyone does. But how about these questions:

  • Do you know that stress has nothing to do with the circumstances of your life?
  • Do you know that stress can’t be strategically fixed?
  • Do you know that stress is a normal byproduct of innate resilience, a sign that your psychological immune system is working perfectly?

Take the label of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The approach of most mental-health professionals is to actually take the suffering person back to the moment in time, the circumstance, which initially “caused” the stress. No wonder PTSD is running rampant. Yes, stress FEELS traumatic. But, again, feelings aren’t caused by circumstance (when faced with the same circumstance, some get stressed and some don’t), and feelings can’t be strategically fixed.

What, then, is the answer to stress—or prolonged periods of it?

Merely understand that stress is meant to come and go within you. And this coming and going happens independent of circumstance. In fact, all feelings have a profound or spiritual purpose. In the case of stress, it’s to remind you that you’re not seeing life clearly; to prevent you from behaving in an unproductive, disingenuous, or untruthful manner.

Keep in mind: The ONLY way to hold stress in place, or become debilitated by stress, is to search for circumstantial (or outer) causes and then strategic (or outer) cures. Rather, see stress as an inner thing, or the normal and beneficial feeling that it truly is, and, rest assured, getting stressed about stress becomes pretty much impossible.

Thanks for reading,