Stress Management - Tiziana M. - ebook
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We all experience stress during the course of our lives. There is a difference, however,in being constantly stressed out and experiencing stress due to a certain situation.Anything that dramatically disrupts our lives is a cause for stress. Most people recoverfrom the stressful situation after it has been resolved or over a period of time.Other people tend to get stressed out all the time. In fact, their entire life appears to beone big stress factory. This is unhealthy and is gradually taking its toll on our society.Each year, billions of dollars are spent on symptoms of stress. There are dozens ofprescriptive medicines on the market today that address stress and anxiety. Millions ofpeople are on some sort of medication for “stress.”

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1

 

 

Stress Management

How To Break Free From

A Stressful Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

I ntroduction - Stressed Out? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 1 - What Is Stress? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 2 - Stress Manifestation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 3 - Identifying Stressors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 4 - Self Induced Stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 5 - The Wrong Ways To Deal With Stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 6 - The Right Ways To Deal With Stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 7 - How Do You React To Stress? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 8 - Tips To Break Free Of Stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

C hapter 9 - When To Seek Treatment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction - Stressed Out?

Just about everyone who you talk to nowadays will complain about being “stressed out.”

Thirty years ago, no one ever even used this term. Today, however, it is a staple in

most conversations. We often refer to ourselves as being “stressed out” when we

discuss our careers as well as our personal lives.

Recent studies indicate that even children are “stressed out.” Little kids, who shouldn’t

have a care in the world, are becoming “stressed” due to activities at home or at school.

In most cases, they are simply inheriting the stress from their parents.

Psychologists who deal with “stressed out” individuals blame the current situation on

everything from the foods we eat to our society. Most agree that people today attempt

to do “too much” and end up getting burned out.

We all experience stress during the course of our lives. There is a difference, however,

in being constantly stressed out and experiencing stress due to a certain situation.

Anything that dramatically disrupts our lives is a cause for stress. Most people recover

from the stressful situation after it has been resolved or over a period of time.

Other people tend to get stressed out all the time. In fact, their entire life appears to be

one big stress factory. This is unhealthy and is gradually taking its toll on our society.

Each year, billions of dollars are spent on symptoms of stress. There are dozens of

prescriptive medicines on the market today that address stress and anxiety. Millions of

people are on some sort of medication for “stress.”

What has happened in the past thirty years that has caused us to become such a nation

of stressed out individuals? Is society expecting too much from us or are we expecting

too much from ourselves? Why are so many people suffering from the following:

•Anxiety disorder

•Social anxiety disorder

•Obsessive compulsive disorder

•Anorexia Nervosa

•Depression

•Panic attacks

Years ago, no one ever even heard of these conditions, now they are featured in every

magazine you encounter. There is a huge market to treat both depression and anxiety,

which usually go hand in hand and are the offspring of stress.

Pharmaceutical companies are cranking out different anti-depressants all of the time.

These are said to be ‘better” than the other anti-depressants that they discovered a year

prior. Thirty years ago, no one ever even heard the term “anti-depressant.” If you used

that expression back then, people would think you were talking about something to do

with your car.

Today it seems as if every single person you encounter is “on something” for stress,

depression or anxiety. All of them can neatly be lumped into the same category and are

caused by stress.

Stress is usually at the root of all of the above psychological disorders. It also affects us

physically as well. Stress has been linked to every disease known to man, including

heart disease and cancer. Clearly, it is not a good idea for people to be under stress.

But, as human beings, we are going to experience stressful situations. There is no

avoiding this fact. Therefore, in order to really be able to help cure ourselves from being

“stressed out” we need to know how to do the following:

•Identify stressors that affect our daily lives;

•Eliminate the stressors of which we can free ourselves;

•Learn to deal with stressful situations in a healthy way

If you are one of the millions of people who are feeling stressed out, you must take a

look at the reasons why you are stressed out and try to do what you can to eliminate as

much stress as you can from your life. If you continue to be “stressed out” you will most

likely find yourself taking some sort of prescription drug for one of the above disorders.

Taking prescription drugs for stress does not mean that you are “crazy.” This book will

discuss alternative ways to deal with stress, but as a last resort, you are better off with

the medications than allowing your body to be battered by stress.

Life is way too short to go through it being stressed out. And chances are that you will

shorten your lifespan significantly if you continue to be “stressed out “ through the daily

course of your life. This is especially true as many of the things over which you may be

stressed are minor, but have been blown up in your mind to be worse than they actually

are.

Wouldn’t it be nice to actually be able to go through life without being “stressed out”

over everything and without drugs or medications? This book will teach you everything

you wanted to know about stress and how you can avoid this scourge that seems to be

plaguing millions of people.

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1 - What Is Stress?

Stress is an intrusion on your peaceful existence. All of us strive to have orderly and

peaceful lives. We tend to develop well when we get into certain routines. Human

beings are all animals. If you have ever owned a dog, you may have observed that the

dog thrived very well on routine. You had to walk the animal a certain time each day, it

had to be fed at a certain time each day and it slept at a certain time each day. The dog

depended on a routine.

When the routine was broken, the dog would do things such as have accidents in the

house, or behave in another destructive type manner. This is because the dog was

actually stressed out. Why was the dog stressed out? Because his or her routine had

been broken.

Human beings behave the same way. Parents often find that their children will behave

much better when they have a set routine than if everything is pandemonium in the

household. Routines give a child a feeling of security, which is the one thing that a child

wants most of all.

Many people will complain that their kids are unruly and do not want to go to bed on

time. Their bedtime “routine” involves telling their kids to go to bed. It then escalates

into screaming at their kids to go to bed to threatening their kids with punishment if they

do not go to bed.

The entire “go to bed” issue can be avoided if the parents simply set a bedtime routine.

Milk and cookies. A bedtime story and being tucked in. Every night. The children know

what to expect and actually end up looking forward to bedtime. This gives children an

added sense of security, something that they really need in their lives.

We all want to feel safe and secure, but as we get older, we realize that we cannot

always count on things being the same. We experience different incidents in our lives

that turn our world upside down and cause us to feel stress. Most of these incidents we

cannot control, others we can control to a certain degree. Some of us are fortunate

enough not to experience these stressors until adulthood. Others experience stress as

young children.

Stress can be pinned to an outside factor or something that we create in our own heads.

If we are creating self induced stress, chances are that something from the outside

triggered this condition and the resulting response.

Some of the more notorious causes of stress are the following:

 

 

 

Death of a loved one