How can I manage my stress levels better?

Is stress a disease, a condition, something of the imagination, a ‘modern day trend’?

However you describe it or think about it, stress is a multi million dollar industry. Why is that do you think? Why are so many people being treated for “stress” or are privately dealing with it hoping to overcome it, often not doing a very good job and becoming even more stressed about their lack of success.

Stress is real and it costs money, costs health, costs time, costs relationships, costs opportunities, and in some cases, sadly, costs lives. According to experts it supresses the nervous system and ultimately turns off the immune system. This is clearly not good.

We put a great deal of pressure on ourselves to succeed in our chosen profession or in a particular area of life and if our personal expectations are not met, then we stress about the outcome or our perceived lack of success.

We talk about overcoming stress, managing stress, avoiding stress, responding to the signs of stress, causes of stress, how to deal with stress. There are many people doing amazing work in this area but do we really understand stress and what it means to our society and to us personally.

When we think about stress we often refer to the symptoms which can be debilitating however they are just the symptoms. The end effect. The result of being stressed. The suffering involved. Symptoms such as not sleeping, headaches, physical, mental and emotional change, poor eating habits, and a range of other health issues. To deal with stress you must look at the source, the cause, the issues that are creating the problem for you.

There are different levels of stress from being “stressed in traffic” (that is a choice by the way), stress about making a difficult decision, about a task you are reluctant or afraid to do, or from some much deeper emotional issue.

Procrastination can cause stress. Not being in control of your business or your personal life. You feel stuck or out of control.

Feeling overwhelmed and overloaded can cause stress. This is about managing your life and having a healthy balance. Easy to say? You can do it with the right program and help.

Clean up. Sometimes it is simply a case of “de-cluttering” your mind, your home or your workspace. Mess and chaos can create stress and it is unnecessary.

There are times we create stress as an excuse to avoid doing things we really either don’t want to do, are afraid to do (such as public speaking) or actually don’t know how to do.

Emotions can cause stress – fear, anger. These emotions are often triggered by an event and stress is the result. They come from memories and experiences stored in our sub-conscious mind and these are the things that drive our beliefs and behaviour.

Think about what is stressing you- is it an emotion like anger or fear?

Americans live on caffeine and Prozac. We use substances to manage our moods. In fact, the four top-selling items in grocery stores are all drugs that we use to manage our mood and energy: caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and nicotine.

Dr. Mark Hyman, an American MD

An Epidemic of Stress-Related Disorders

According to Hans Selye, MD, the man who coined the word “stress” and first mapped out its biological effects,

The modern physician should know as much about emotions and thoughts as about disease symptoms and drugs. This approach would appear to hold more promise of cure than anything medicine has given us to date.

Hans Selye, MD

Managing your emotions can seem impossible when you are in the middle of a crisis.

Albert Einstein said “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”

You need to step out and see your world differently.

How do you do that? We can show you an easy method to understanding why you think the way you think and how to make positive change.

There is a huge amount of information available about stress and how to treat it, deal with it, manage it or just try to live with it. Some of it may help you and some may just confuse you more. Removing or learning to manage stress is a decision and before you can really make change you have to decide that you want to live differently and why. Creating an awareness around your stress, and a desire to change how you feel, can be the first steps towards change.

These are some of the “behavioral pitfalls” that you can descend into. Well managed they can become strengths and assist in your direction.

At Quantum Results we are all about positive change, so if you would like to know more about making good choices about your approach to stress then feel free to contact Sue.

Sue, this world is such a better place because of you, you are bringing life and life experiences back to the restricted.

Kevin Spiteri,

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