Living In Gratitude: Completing the Stress Cycle

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes- including you.

– Anne Lamott

Stress is a common experience. We encounter stress at work, at home, in our social lives, and relationships.

As defined by, stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances, whereas stressors are the factors that cause stress.

In the book, Burnout, The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, authors Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, reveal that removing the stressor doesn’t negate the stress. To alleviate or mitigate the stress we feel in our mind and body, we have to move through the emotional stress cycle.

This insight is valuable because there are often stressors in our lives over which we have no control.

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Living In Gratitude: 7 Questions To Ask Yourself At The End of Every Day

Our days are filled with asking questions of others: coworkers, managers, teachers, partners, children, customer service personnel but there is one person we rarely ask anything.


By asking these seven key questions, we frame our mindset with an optimistic outlook. This allows us to reflect on the day that just ended as well as set ourselves up for success tomorrow.

7 Questions To Ask Yourself At The End of Every Day


Even if we don’t realize it, we learn something new every day. By taking time to acknowledge what we’ve learned gives us a sense of accomplishment. It contributes to our wellbeing, helping us grow and change. This recognition of learning opens us up to actively seeking more knowledge. Read more