“You know, you didn’t get into riding because you were looking for more stress in your life. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, that’s your cue to make a change. Don’t wait for it to get better; do something to make it better. It’s so important that you do whatever you can to preserve the sentiment that drew you into riding in the first place.”
-Janet Sasson Edgette, Psy. D., from “Heads UP! Practical Sports Psychology for Riders, Their Families and Their Trainers”
Here is another quote from a horse person and psychologist that can be applied to real life.
If you think about it, if you enjoy doing what you do, then it will be less stressful. Of course, there still may be challenges, but because you enjoy it, you will work through them and learn from them. If you constantly work on improving, it will also be less stressful and more enjoyable.