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Top 5 Signs You're Addicted to Stress Stressed?


Some people say life is stressful. It can be. It often isn't - unless you make it so.

Like a crack addict, some people create drama in their lives to get an emotional high. Once the high subsides, the person Finds Excuses And Reasons (F.E.A.R.) to create more drama - perpetuating the emotional high.

Does this sound like you?

Even a little?

If so, you may be addicted to stress.

Here's the thing.....

Managing Stress

What is stress and how does it affect us? Stress is a reaction to a fear that affects both our body and mind. We are constantly dealing with changes in society, workplace, home and so forth. Stress targets our mind and sends the residue to our body, influencing the nervous system to explode. Stress is either positive or negative, since stress can lead us to address problems, or it can lead us to loose control when problems occur.

Stop Stressing - Do, Defer, Delegate

Sometimes the problem that we're dealing with isn't necessarily a matter of the stress itself, but rather the way we're approaching it. After all, we can't lay all the blame on outside forces - we do make our own problems just as often.

Fortunately, this also means that we can correct those same problems that we've made. Most of the difficulties we find ourselves engineering are easily controlled and modified with a bit of careful effort.

Stop Stressing - Stressors and Themes

We've talked about stress and the elements that bring it into our lives, or stressors. Identifying our stressors can be a powerful first step, for obvious reasons - if we know what's giving us grief, we can take steps to put it out of our way, resolve it or come to terms with it. Even in the cases where we can't totally remove a stressor, such as a confrontational coworker, we can find ways to moderate its influence.

Stop Stressing - Just Say No

As many people have commented at one time or another, we could get so much more done if there were just more hours in the day. Obligations pile up everywhere: duties at work, commitments to social groups, quality time with the family and time out to spend with friends… For whatever reason, there always seems to be some kind of demand (or worse, a polite request) on our time. Yet this wishing for more time in the day is missing the real point of the problem, which is actually quite different.

What's the problem, then?

No More Stress

Most people will always find something to stress them out - their job, their boss, their financial situation, their
husband, their wife, their boyfriend or girlfriend, their teenage children, their health, their golf, their holidays!
I have one client who telephoned my one day a few years back to tell me that he was stressed out. When I enquired what the perceived problem might be, he told me "I'm stressed out because I've nothing to be stressed out about!" Seriously! We never have to look far for something to whip up our adrenalin - and, if we can find nothing, we'll make it up.


What Stresses You Out? Make a List and Change Your Life

Stress is overwhelming, all absorbing. Part of its terrible power is the feeling you get of losing control, of life washing over you without your input. Before you can address the things that are bothering you, you need to get a handle on them. The most effective tools you have are not drugs, or a therapist, or a padded room in a fancy treatment center -- the most effective tools are a pencil and paper.

Stress And Exercise – A Wise Combination

Regular exercise is one great way to deal with the symptoms of stress. Combining a proper diet with that makes for a terrific, positive addition.

Nutrition studies are always difficult to interpret and any conclusions drawn should often be tentative.

Later ones often appear to contradict earlier ones. But overall the research suggests what is consistent with 'common sense': a balanced diet, with adequate amounts of fruit and vegetables, and some proteins is an aid to reducing stress.

How To Cope With The Job Related Stress?

No doubt, a job is always stressful. The more you are in a responsible position, the more stress you are supposed to take. Accepting new challenges, meeting tight deadlines, working for long hours and day to day hassles, make the body vulnerable to serious ailments. Stress badly disrupts the body’s ability to process glucose, leading to diabetes. Stress is also responsible for the thickness of arteries thus developing cardio vascular diseases and high blood pressure.

Detecting Signs of Stress

In order to keep from becoming stressed, one of the first things to do is to be aware of the signs of stress. This is, admittedly, difficult, since people who are stressed are usually too stressed to notice that they are stressed. This is because stress tends to wrap itself up into a self-concerned package that not only alerts you to everything that you need to do or everything that is going wrong, all the while preventing you from actually taking care of anything that is stressing you.

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