Wow – Julian talks a lot of sense! We now have Episode Four: Living with Pain Points

But firstly, what is a ‘pain point’?

A pain point is something that you can clearly recognise as a factor which is causing stress to your life. For example – if you put pressure on yourself to go to the gym, and  cannot go because you are too busy. If you find you work in a negative environment which is counter-productive and beat yourself up for completing less work. Or you have a group of friends which aren’t always as friendly as they claim.

All of these are examples of pain points as they undoubtedly cause us discomfort.

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Episode Four: Living with Pain Points

If you have a healthy relationship with stress – you are able to easily differentiate between yourself and the pain point. Things like your self esteem and negative thinking will also impact upon your stress levels. If we assume that you are a really positive person and can identify that the pain point is impacting negatively on your life, you can make an objective decision about the situation (like a toxic relationship or workplace for instance).

This goes back to the point about workplace stresses, in that you should always self-assess first. Secondary should be the pain points that you feel are causing the most pressure to your life. This will help you to avoid stepping into your victim personality where you blame exterior factors for your own stress.

If you are looking after your relationship with stress well, and not contributing towards your own levels of stress; then this is when you should consider removing the paint points from your life. But do be careful – if you are noticing a pattern with identifying a pain point regularly (going from relationship to relationship, or job to job) when the only consistent factor is you – it may be that you need to delve further into your own stresses in life.

Thanks again for watching our video and reading this blog. We hope you found this valuable. Got something to say? Please feel free to comment and share to anyone you think may need a helping hand!
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Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica is the Brand and Communications Officer nationally for SkillBase First Aid. She loves sharing stories about how SkillBase First Aid turns people in 'Standby-Superheroes'.

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