A Brief Introduction
Taking into account the pace of modern life, it is pretty obvious why stress relief is most definitely amongst the most topical issues today. This is why many people sometimes choose to wander strange lands in search of a "magic potion" of sort, or in particular, something along the lines of a meditation CD with lots of new age-ish compositions which are presumably universally relaxing. While this is all fine in its own right, most people wouldn't really need to go about all that business if they'd simply look for the answer inside themselves – which is hardly as scary as it may sound.
So accordingly, this article explores those fields within reasonable boundaries (set by the limitations of an article).
What is "the gap"?
According to the sources of this article, there are many different causes of stress. However, and despite the said, there is one particular cause which is shared by many (in fact, nearly anyone) suffering from stress. This place is called "the gap" and its representation is the distance between where the person actually is standing, and where he or she thinks ought to be at the point in time.
An example of this would be a medical professional who lives in the (according to him) most favorable neighborhood not only in his city, country or continent but also the entire planet, has a beautiful girlfriend who loves him, and plenty of time in-between patients to enjoy the beautiful parks and forests in his neighborhood (several times per day, in fact), was – despite everything – once unsatisfied and felt the urge to achieve more. And this urge remained a significant cause of stress in his life until his girlfriend commented on their lifestyle and noted that it was just about everything they could possibly want at that point in time. Upon this realization, the doctor's stress almost immediately perished. This was all thanks to his readjusted and realigned way of thinking.
Many people who have similar traits to those causes of stress mentioned above could benefit beautifully from reviewing and reevaluating the reality of their situation. These reevaluations are commonly called "reality check" and their purpose is to reduce stress and, accordingly, increase efficiency – since stress is nothing but a burden and does a person's business no greater good than it does to his or her psyche.
The elements of a reality check would include gathering undistorted info on the situation and reevaluating the circumstances, sometimes several-fold, to make extra sure that everything which could have been done, was in fact done, and that the ambitions were properly satisfied.
After all, it is pretty obvious that closing the gap and reducing the stress it causes will only allow for faster progress, whether the nature of the situation be a business or a personal prospect.