'Finding Relief' Category Archive

Posted on Aug 28th, 2006

Take a look at Corporate Executives; You can rarely tell when are stressed out. One reason you can’t is because they have learned to effectively manage their stress levels. If they didn’t, under the high pressure, they would fold. They can’t walk around in a state of disarray because they don’t have that luxury. There’s always another Apprentice ready to take their place, and they too will be able to effectively manage stress.

One of the top stress-relievers is exercise. Exercise is a way to release tension and take your mind off of the stress that is likely bogging you down and weighing heavy on your heart. If you don’t have the time to exercise, you better find time. High-stress jobs can bring on all sorts of health problems and put you at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke. You also run the risk of other health problems often brought on by stress.

Do you like to read? If you do, then curl up with one of your favorite books right before calling it a day. If you read before you fall asleep, it’s likely you will experience a more restful night because the last thing on your mind as you begin to doze off will not be a mental checklist of things to do first thing the next morning. Do not watch the news before going to bed. There is always something on that will lead you to think of stressful situations in the world, and right now at this very minute, you can’t do anything, so go to sleep without the TV on.

Most of Business Executives are on the computer a lot during the normal business hours. Therefore they should avoid it at all costs on the home front. You don’t need a visual reminder of what work looks like. Don’t even play online poker during the work week, don’t turn it on. Take up a new hobby such as Golf, Horseback Riding or something the whole family can enjoy. It is much more fun to have time to relax with your family and friends and as long as everyone gets along, it’s stress free.

What about a hot, luxurious bath. Fill the tub with bubbles and let your cares float away and all of the stresses of the day. Guys and Girls find that a manicure with an extensive hand massage is a favorite way to relieve stress and ladies, a pedicure can do the trick, quicker! Taking care of you definitely relieves the day’s tensions. Full body massages are an extra special way to treat yourself when you know you are facing a pretty tough week ahead or you have just had the week you want to forget. Take your vitamins and find out which vitamins and nutrients are effective in giving you more energy and mental clarity so you are sure to be at 100% on the job or off!

A smart thing to do if you want to reduce your stress level is to plan ahead. Keep an organized day planner and use it for business and personal events. Keep important phone numbers in the address book of the planner, because you never know when you might be stuck in traffic and running late! And being late can cause an enormous amount of stress.

Terje Brooks Ellingsen is a writer and internet publisher. He runs the website 1st-Self_Improvement.net Terje is a Sociologist who enjoys contributing to the personal growth and happiness of others. He tries to accomplish this by writing about self improvement issues from his own experience and knowledge. For example, confidence and self esteem improvement as well as how to take command of your career.

Posted on Aug 27th, 2006

What can a guy do when his worries and anxieties overwhelm him? Well, there are many ways for men to deal with this situation. Here is a brief list of techniques that a man can use to help manage their worries and anxieties.

Sometimes what we fear may happen can be overly exaggerated. A lot of times, our worrying can make the problem even worse. Remember that all the worrying in the world will not change anything. All you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and when something does happen, take it in stride.

A good way to manage your worry is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or anxious, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense.

I read that most of what we worry about never comes true. Instead of worrying about something that probably won’t happen, concentrate on what you are able to do. Everything else you can leave in the hands of God.

When overwhelmed with worry, a person may encounter a lot of scary thoughts coming at them all at once. Instead of getting upset, remember that these thoughts are exaggerated and are not based on reality. From my interviews with various professionals, I’ve learned that usually it is the fear behind the thoughts that gets us worked up. Ignore the fear behind these thoughts, and your worry should decrease.

When managing your fears and anxieties do not try to tackle everything at once. The best solution is to break your fears or problems into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.

As a Layman, I realize it can be difficult to get rid of our fears and worries even when they overwhelm us. If nothing else works, take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get your mind off of the problem. Doing something you enjoy can give you a fresh perspective on things.

Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear" an easy to read book that presents a overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com

Posted on Aug 26th, 2006

Women at mid-life have one of the highest levels of stress found in our culture today. This is not surprising, given the multiple roles they carry, the expectations of our culture, and the speed of our lifestyle. Mid-life women are working in positions of responsibility on a scale never previously reached by women. At the same time, there is a 50 percent chance they are single, and another 50 percent chance that they are caring for children or parents (or both) in some capacity. More than four out of 10 adults in the United States between the ages of 45 and 55 – mostly women – are caring for a child as well as for an older adult, usually a parent. Of those caregivers, 64 percent are employed full- or part-time, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving.

What are we talking about when we talk about life balance? I was prompted to write this article when I realized that most women don’t need yet another set of instructions for “traditional” life balance. I am weary of life-balance articles that give women the message that there are "ten easy steps." We mid-lifers grew up with the feminist movement that gave us a model to “do it all” − make the bacon and fry it up in a pan. Many of us, including me, have found this does not work.

What are the real underlying issues of life balance that affect most women? What do we want, and what stands in our way? Are we given a cultural image of “life balance” that is a myth? Do we need to consider another model so we can feel a bit better about this whole concept?

Life balance, the basics. So what exactly is life balance? At the most basic level, for me and for many other mid-life women, it is about head space.

Within that head space, that inner process, a multitude of possibilities exists for me. For one, I can sort my priorities and not just go on autopilot. Recently I went through one of those times where I lost sight of my head space for too long. I found that my diet had gone south, and I was working each day without any personal agenda. In essence, I was getting nowhere.

Most significantly, if we don’t have head space, we lose the ability to really be alive. What could be more important?

Expendable time. This peace of mind requires that we have time. Although each of us has 24 hours deposited into our daily bank account, we all have very different auto drafts from our account. Two of my good friends are examples.

Consider, Christie, a full-time hospital scrub nurse, aged 45 and married mother of two children who are 12 and 14. Christie’s husband is in sales and travels Monday through Thursday. Christie’s mother, aged 71, lives nearby and is recovering from cancer. Christie helps her mother with doctor appointments and various other needs, shuttles her kids to sports and activities, and also keeps the home "running." Christie frequently goes into over-draft on her time and finds herself up before 5 am in order to get head space.

In contrast, is Lucy, aged 46, a rural support nurse who is married and has no children of her own, although she does have 20- and 22-year-old stepchildren. Lucy’s parents are in great health and live in a different part of the country. Lucy’s husband is semi-retired and has taken over many of the household chores. Although Lucy does travel on her job, she is able to come home and enjoy herself. She participates in triathlons and is learning to do stone carving.

It is clear that time is an asset that can have a great impact on our life balance. Understanding this concept can help mid-life women to quit beating themselves up, and instead to start to move forward and discover ways to find life balance.

Support. Support allows us to feel safe, and to have peace of mind. Women need support in the four quadrants of mind/body/spirit/emotions. How do we get this?

One of the biggest lessons of my own mid-life has been the understanding that the “mind-reading” my mother taught me doesn’t get me anything. In other words, slamming the door, sighing heavily, or crashing pots and pans does not get my needs met. I was taught, as many women were in my generation, that we are to do it all and never ask for help. This is nonsense.

We need to learn how to ask for help. Take out a piece of paper, and make four quadrants. Label them "mind,” "body," "spirit," and "emotions." List how and where you get support for each area. Where are the holes? Chances are you feel unbalanced where you have no support. Where do you need to ask for help?

Beyond the basics. Sue Shellenbarger, in her recent book Breaking Point, says that mid-life crisis for women is driven by an underlying need for creativity and life meaning. Once you are able to gain the head space needed to balance your life, and the support to do it, you have the capacity to create opportunities to do the things that you love. I find that many mid-life women don’t know what they love to do. They know that something is missing, but can’t put their finger on it. One way to find out is to ask yourself, if you had a day to do anything you loved, what would it be? If you have lived whole your life making the bacon and frying it up in a pan, you have not explored your playful side. Life is too serious.

Balance for mid-life women is not a myth if it can be defined and experienced in its smallest denominator, that of head space. For some woman, achieving head space is a monumental step and a true beginning. Beyond that basic, balance is individually driven. As women, our homeostatus, or equilibrium, meter is complex. We have years of expectations and beliefs that cover our sensing mechanism. We must take pains to ensure that life balance is not another achievement where we fall short. We are worth it!

Jennifer Wright, MS, OTR, is a Spirit of Adventure Coach for midlife women. She helps women sail thru the issues of midlife crisis, finding love and dating after 50, workplace issues of menopause, and creating a signature second half of life. Visit her at http://www.midlifeheroine.com, for free reports, ezine, and other suprizes!

Posted on Aug 25th, 2006

Stress is one way our bodies respond to changes in the environment and is a normal part of daily life. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors including home and work environments, finances, illness, relationship problems, neglecting your health, and having unrealistic expectations for yourself and others. Even positive or happy experiences can increase our stress levels. Stress isn’t just bothersome; up to 90% of illnesses are stress related. It is important to pay attention to our own stress responses and reduce stressors whenever possible.

Stress shows up in our bodies in a variety of ways.

Common physical signs of stress:

  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Tension in your muscles
  • Migraine headaches
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Pain in your back, neck or shoulders
  • Feeling tired
  • Stomach problems, cramping, heartburn, etc.
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Hair loss
  • Emotional signs of stress:

  • Feeling anxious
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Increased irritability
  • Increased moodiness
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling angry
  • If you are feeling the effects of stress it is important to learn to manage your stress. Start by identifying the sources of your stress. Sometimes it is helpful to work with a friend or partner who might have a more objective view. When you have identified the events, situations, and people who make you feel stressed, then you can implement a variety of ways to reduce your stress.

    Here are some ideas for managing and reducing stress:

  • Reduce responsibilities
  • Learn to say “no”
  • Work toward having realistic expectations for yourself and others
  • Get regular exercise
  • Get enough sleep
  • Avoid fast foods
  • Try relaxation exercises or meditation
  • Organize your time: leave earlier so you don’t feel rushed, schedule some extra time between appointments so that you have some flexibility
  • Try getting to bed a little earlier and getting up a little earlier
  • Keep “to do” lists and update them regularly
  • Talk with your friends and family about your efforts to get your stress under control
  • Cut back or eliminate these stressors: caffeine, alcohol, tobacco
  • Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Take mini-breaks during the day: step outside, read from a favorite book, enjoy a cup of tea
  • When stressful situations arise, take a minute to visualize how you will handle the situation
  • Pay attention to your self-talk – be sure you are saying encouraging things to yourself rather than putting yourself down
  • If your stress feels overwhelming, talk to your doctor or therapist for support
  • This list is just the beginning. As you pay attention to your stress levels and responses, you will discover many more ways to handle the stresses that come your way. The idea is not to feel trapped and helpless in the face of stress, but to become more flexible in handling life’s demands.

    © 2006 Cynthia McKenna LPC, NCC - All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

    Cynthia McKenna LPC, NCC is a therapist and life-coach who helps people transform their lives. Her goal is to help people have more joy and peace in daily living. Cynthia works with individuals, couples, and groups in the Texas Hill Country. She also works with clients online and by phone. For more information or to make an appointment, visit Cynthia McKenna’s website http://cynthiamckennacounseling.com/

    Posted on Aug 24th, 2006

    There have been volumes written about stress, its causes and its solutions. The fact that there has been so much written suggests that this is some complex issue that requires much attention and study to resolve. In fact that is anything but the case.

    There is a very simple explanation for why anyone experiences stress and an equally straight forward solution. I will first use a metaphor to illustrate this.

    Imagine driving down the highway with one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake. How much stress is your vehicle experiencing in this situation? Well I think the answer is obvious.

    Now we will equate the heart of a person, which is the core of a human being’s self, and where his/her passions, desires and core values live, so to speak as the foot that is on the gas.

    We similarly equate all of the beliefs that have been acquired through learning or conditioning in the person’s mind as the foot on the brake.

    You may wish to ponder why I chose these in this manner.

    So now I will get to the point. How often is your mind in alignment with your heart? Well if you are some one who experiences a lot of stress then that alignment is quite rare if non existent.

    Isn’t it interesting that two aspects of an individual that should supposedly be working in the best interests of that person can be so antithetical to each other?

    Have you ever experienced them to be in alignment? If so recall that moment for a moment and remember how you felt. You’ll likely notice that you were feeling happy, relaxed, joyful, contented, at peace, care free, lighter and healthier to name a few.

    So which should lead and which should follow, the mind or the heart? Well why not try an experiment and see if you can determine this for your self? If you have the courage I think you will figure it out and then all your stress problems will be solved.

    Dr. Nick Arrizza is trained in Chemical Engineering, Business Management & Leadership, Medicine and Psychiatry. He is an Energy Psychiatrist, Healer, Key Note Speaker,Editor of a New Ezine Called "Spirituality And Science" (which is requesting high quality article submissions) Author of "Esteem for the Self: A Manual for Personal Transformation" (available in ebook format on his web site), Stress Management Coach, Peak Performance Coach & Energy Medicine Researcher, Specializes in Life and Executive Performance Coaching, is the Developer of a powerful new tool called the Mind Resonance Process(TM) that helps build physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being by helping to permanently release negative beliefs, emotions, perceptions and memories. He holds live workshops, international telephone coaching sessions and international teleconference workshops on Physical. Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Well Being.

    Business URL #1: http://www.telecoaching4u.com

    Personal URL: http://www.telecoaching4u.com/Spirituality_And_Science.htm

    Posted on Aug 23rd, 2006

    It is estimated that 500,000 people in the UK are suffering illness that has been caused by stress in the workplace, with a further 5 million people reporting themselves as being very or extremely stressed whilst at work. Stress at work also affects people’s life outside work too, with 55% of full time workers saying that they took their stress home with them at the end of the day.

    Mind, a mental health organisation, found that stress costs 10% of the UK’s Gross National Product, but over 90% of companies do not have any strategies in place to deal with it. 12.8 million days a year are recorded as being lost to stress, but it is thought that up to 50 million days are lost in which stress plays a part.

    What is stress?
    Stress is a reaction that comes from a survival mechanism from our history, when it fuelled our “fight or flight” response. Nowadays, a certain level of stress can be healthy and can build motivation at work, but when this becomes seen as an impossible burden rather than an achievable challenge, this turns into negative stress.

    Negative stress is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as being “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them.”

    What are the symptoms of stress?
    There are many symptoms of stress, and people who are stressed may display one, several or many of them. What starts off as a mental symptom of stress may build into a physical condition, and some physical illnesses may be worsened by stress.

    - Physical symptoms include problems with sleep, tension headaches and migraines, heart disease, fatigue and high blood pressure.

    - Mental symptoms include anxiety, depression, irritability, memory problems, and a feeling of being out of control.

    - Relational symptoms include increased arguments with colleagues and family, road rage, lack of interest in social activities, and overreactions.

    What can an employer do to reduce stress?

    Recognising the causes and effects of stress on employees is an important place to start for a company trying to reduce levels of stress. There is a range of ways in which an employer can go about reducing stress, and some may be more appropriate to certain jobs than others. Here are some of the ways in which companies have helped reduce the effects of stress:

    - Introducing flexible working, either by allowing employees to work from home or starting a flexi-time scheme

    - Promoting lunchtime exercise or relaxation classes

    - Encouraging stressed workers to see counsellors

    - Provide interpersonal skills training

    - Setting clear roles for employees and ensuring they understand them

    - Making sure that employees are in the most appropriate roles

    - Encouraging employees to take their full lunch break and not to work late

    What to do if you are stressed at work
    If you are stressed at work, the best things to do are voice your concerns to your manager, and try to work out what is causing you to be stressed and find some strategies to reduce your level of stress.

    If your employer will not help, the option of making an accident at work claim may well be open to you, and this will allow you to claim financial compensation for the pain and suffering which you have experienced, as well as any other losses that your stress has caused you. Making an accident at work claim could help improve working conditions for your colleagues, as well as providing you with recompense for the effects that stress had had on you.

    Editorial notes: YouClaim helps people all over the UK get compensation for workplace stress and accidents at work. YouClaim’s service is completely cost-free for customers and no deductions are made from compensation awards. For more information, go to http://www.youclaim.co.uk or call 0800 10 757 95.

    Author notes: Alexandra Gubbins of http://www.youclaim.co.uk.

    Posted on Aug 22nd, 2006

    Stress bombards us every day from all directions. Maybe it’s sitting in the midst of highway gridlock when you are already late for an important appointment. Or how about the bill you forgot to pay? It could be a phone call from the school complaining about your child’s behavior.

    These are just the annoying little stress triggers that we handle every day. What about the larger issues? Retirement, moving, divorce or, heaven forbid, the death of a loved one or friend can come out of the blue and here comes the stress, launching you into treading murky waters one more time.

    The impression is that the feelings of stress come from outside sources when, in reality, it happens inside of us.

    Stress put you at risk for heart attack, stroke, insomnia, backache, headache, irritable bowel syndrome, sports injuries and infertility.

    Stress can trigger serious illness like Graves’ and fibromyalgia. Stress even makes us more susceptible to the common cold.

    With your health at stake, you owe it to yourself to take the time to use the stress-reducing techniques on a daily basis.

    Here are 12 keys to stress reduction to help you open the door to a more relaxing life. Choose those best suited for you.

    Breathe deeply. Relax your muscles, expanding your stomach and chest. Exhale slowly. Repeat several times.

    Follow your breath as it flows in and out. Do not try to control it. This is a good way to relax in the midst of any activity. This technique allows you to find a breathing pattern that is natural and relaxing to you.

    Exercise regularly. Aerobic exercise, such as walking and swimming, produces brain chemicals that uplift your mood and mental well being.

    Exercise also improves sleep and gives you time to think and focus on other things. Beware of compulsive exercise, however.

    Eat healthy foods. You should never skip meals. Take time out for lunch no matter how busy you are.

    Don’t let others get you down. Choose positive friends who are not worriers. Friends who constantly put you down or talk gloomily about life will increase your anxiety.

    Be optimistic. Count your blessings, especially when everything seems to go wrong. Believe that most people are doing the best that they can.

    Plan your time wisely. And realistically. For example, don’t schedule back-to-back meetings with tight travel time. Remember to leave room for unanticipated events - both negative and positive. Be flexible about rearranging your agenda.

    Prevent problems before they occur.This takes some planning. If you are flying to another city for an important meeting, carry your presentation materials and dress suit on board the plane. Baggage does get lost.

    Retreat to recharge your spirit. Schedule private time every day. You deserve it. Unplug the telephone and enjoy a quiet evening alone or with your family, or even 15 uninterrupted minutes in the shower or bathtub.

    You may want to spend a few minutes writing your feelings out in a journal. It can help you find a new perspective and relieve hidden conflicts.

    Savor life’s little delights. Give yourself some physical pleasure to help your stress slip away.

    Example: Give yourself permission to enjoy a movie, watch a sports event, listen to music or read a book.

    Use visualization and affirmation techniques. You can inoculate yourself against a situation you fear by going over the event in your mind. Imagine the scene in vivid detail and picture the best possible outcome.

    You can also shrink an imagined fear down to size by picturing the worst possible results. Imagine describing this worst case to your best friend the next day and the sympathy you receive.

    Get enough sleep. Determine how much sleep you require for optimum performance. Sleep deprivation aggravates the body’s responses to stress.

    Consider setting an alarm clock to remind yourself that it is time to go to bed.

    Strive for your dreams. Plan ahead to meet your most cherished goals in life.

    Knowing that you are striving toward your dreams relieves frustrations that mount when you feel stuck in a rut of endless responsibilities that seem to lead nowhere.

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    Wan Ibrahim is the Publisher of "Healthy 4Life eZine" - Bringing You the Top Quality and Fresh Material to Help You Get the Best Healthiest Body Possible! To Subscribe, send blank email to: healthy_4life@stressmanagementarticles.com

    Posted on Aug 13th, 2006

    I was recently discussing the subject of anxiety, stress, and sleep problems with a couple of my friends. All three of us had struggled with these issues and had experienced nervous breakdowns, stress leaves from work, anxiety medication and/or sleeping pills.

    Today we are all living without medication, and have found our own unique ways of successfully dealing with stress and anxiety.

    Our conversation made me think of how different each of us is. My friends and I all discovered methods to reduce stress and anxiety, and all three of us ultimately found success using a different routine. This shouldn’t be too surprising, seeing that my friends and I all have different occupations, hobbies, family situations, body types, fitness levels, personalities, etc. Some found that intense physical exertion was helpful, where others found success with lighter aerobic exercise. Meditation and aromatherapy was seen by some as a cure, and to others as boring and pointless.

    Unfortunately, the literature on stress and sleep disorders generally offers the same advice for everyone, and rarely points out that there are no blanket remedies. If you don’t realize that stress and sleep remedies are individualistic, and may work better for some than for others, you may cause yourself a lot of frustration and (ironically) stress.

    I’ve found most of the stress and sleep disorder remedy advice I’ve read on websites and in books to be helpful. At the same time, people should realize that only a small number of these tips may actually work for them.

    My advice would be to try a variety of exercises and methods for sleep and anxiety. If you find something works, stick with it, but if it is not helping, move on and try something else. Don’t get frustrated if the first few methods you try don’t work for you. Remember, you are unique, and many of the stress and sleep tips you find may not be for you. Keep on searching and trying different methods, you’ll eventually come across a system that will work for you.

    Mark Altman is the webmaster of http://www.soundsleeping.com - relaxing music. Come and take part in the sleep and relaxation discussion, or just enjoy the free relaxing music.

    Posted on Aug 12th, 2006

    Well, well, well. There you are, again. Hunched over your computer staring at the screen. Begin to relax your shoulders. Is that better? Just think about your back. Think about your hands as they are poised over the keyboard or clutching the mouse. Lean back. Now, take a few gentle, deep breaths and begin to feel all the tension melting from your shoulders, back muscles and hands. That’s right, that’s perfect.

    Why do we get into such tense states, and how amazing is it that a few simple words can change awareness, allowing freedom from unconscious stress? Many of us are joined at the hips, or at least our finger tips, to computers. There are times we look like Neanderthals, not Homo Sapiens. Some of us are road warriors, constantly racing out the door to catch the next plane,train or bus to the next appointment, meeting or deadline. Perhaps we’re trapped in the office, staring at walls, yearning for fresh air and sunlight. Our spirits, minds and bodies may be jumbled up, stuck at multiple levels of discomfort. When we hoard discomfort for any length of time it can translate, on a deep cellular level, into dis-ease.

    For years my back was aching. I was 50, walking like I was 80. Finally, an x-ray revealed that I had 3 bulging disks, one lumbar, one thoracic, and one cervical. The pain was unrelenting. I began looking for ways to relieve this pain, holistic ways that would support not only my back, but my desire to avoid the usual inventory of pain medications around which allopathic medicine gravitates. My saving “grace” in this instance turned out to be a quite graceful Tai Chi and QiGong Master Teacher named Lily Cohen. The saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher arrives.” And I was ready. I was going to the chiropractor 3 times a week to stay even with the pain that was now traveling down the sciatic nerve into my right hip and leg. Discomfort was becoming disabling and I was determined to stop the cascading effect that could turn into a permanent disability.

    I ran across a video of Cohen’s and within a week of beginning her easy exercises I knew something had changed. The pain had become a dull ache. Three weeks later my chiropractor remarked that the muscle in my back was strengthening. Truly, I hadn’t expected such results in so little time. All I had done, five days a week in really short segments, was to put Lily’s tape into my VCR, stand in one place and follow her instructions, sort of. You see, Lily is from Israel and she was speaking Hebrew! However, I wasn’t daunted by the language barrier focusing all my attention on her movements. They were simple, supple, elegant, relaxing, and quite different from the usual rah-rah, sis-boom-bah, energetic exercises that I’d tried before. And, this was no teenie-bopper in a leotard, which, I must say, was a relief all in itself. She was a woman “of a certain age” just like me. Ok, she was much more fit than I, in a strong yet feminine way, and that information made its way into my unconscious mind and gave me hope for success in my personal journey to fitness, awareness and wellness.

    Since that epiphany seven years ago I have been virtually pain free. If something in my body begins to nag, I have the tools to stop it in its tracks. I even have a recent body scan that supports my new flexibility showing that the bulging disks have retreated into normal alignment. Healed! I have found something that can relieve my physical, mental and spiritual body from unnecessary stress and perhaps save me from years of ongoing disease. You see, it wasn’t just my back that was affected. Since we are multi-dimensional, holographic bodies, anything that stresses one part affects the whole – the body, mind and the spirit.

    I’m sharing my personal journey with you for a purpose, and lest you think that I’m writing about a singular event in one woman’s journey please allow me to present a few media reports about stress:

    According to a CNN report: “Stress can send the immune system into a tizzy, triggering the pituitary gland to release a hormone called ACTH (adreno-cortoci-trophic hormone). ACTH then stimulates the adrenal gland to release another hormone called cortisol, which attaches itself to the immune system’s disease-fighting cells. With a load of cortisol on its back, an immune cell has a harder time doing its job.”

    So, one can imagine that if we don’t have solutions to our stressors we could be carrying around a lot more than we know.

    The report goes on to say: “Longer-term stresses like a divorce or a remembered traumatic event can do a number on the body’s ability to fight off infection. Keeping it alive in your mind allows stress to do battle with a person’s immune system.”

    Many clinical studies that support the reality that even things we have stored in our memory, if not released, can cause a decline in our general health. We know it as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Or, if we have chronic pain, as I did, the effect is continuous stress at all levels.

    A report from WebMD: “Think your job may be killing you? You may be right. New research from Finland shows that work stress can double your risk of dying of heart disease.”

    And this from CNN’s Kathy Slobogin: “The headline is that nearly half of U.S. workers feel overworked or overwhelmed.”

    You knew that, didn’t you?

    So, where are the stress solutions for small spaces? The short answer is in your mind. And in my case in making up my mind to de-stress, dis-solve and de-compress my slipped disks. As a Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, I have found that solutions for stress are of my own making, as are my perceptions of the stressors and how quickly I release and clear them. It was a blessing for me to find the “secrets” of Tai Chi and QiGong integrated in Lily Cohen’s exercises. As they healed me I was touched on a spiritual, mental and physical level. The solutions are out there/in there. Go ahead; find easy, effortless solutions that allow the tall oaks deep inside to become willows in the winds of change.

    ©2005 Lynda Wells All Rights Reserved

    Lynda Wells is a Trainer/Master Practitioner of NLP, Time Line Therapy™, Clinical Hypnotherapy and is Co-founder of The Way To Wellness™.

    http://thewaytowellness.com
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    Posted on Aug 11th, 2006

    Stressors are agents that cause stress. Stressors can be divided into two broad categories:
    · External
    · Internal

    External Stressors
    External stressors are the sources of stress that we are aware of around us. These stressors are things that create a situation of perceived threat in our minds and bodies. Over the last few years a lot of research has been done on external stressors. These stressors can affect us in various settings- at work, at home, while driving and in a social setting. We are all free sprits in Nature. Anything that constraints our freedom of expression, thought or action creates a situation of stress that out bodies and our minds would like to change. It results in a feeling of unhappiness and discontent. For example, the same home can be a happy place or a stressful place. If things do not happen according to our desires at home, our wishes are unfulfilled and we feel stressed. In the workplace, our expectation of our work, our employers, our colleagues and our own commitments, if unfulfilled, create a situation that our mind perceives as a threat. We find ourselves helpless and unable to change the situation. Our free spirit is stilted. We feel the ‘pressure’. This is stress.

    Internal Stressors
    Internal stressors are the stressors inside us. These are stressor that have been in our minds and bodies for many years of our lives. These stressors exist in the form of our genetic loading. They are also restrictions that have been imposed on us by our parents, our teachers and various authority figures that have taught us what to do and more importantly, what not to do. Such internal stressors remain in our bodies, unknown to us, in the form of emotions. According to recent researches done in the United States, such emotions exist in our bodies in the form of neurochemicals called neuropeptides. Neuropeptides are laid out in our cell systems in such a manner that the patterns are hard to delete. Such patterns, when laid out with our emotional experiences, persist for our lifetime. In this form, stress is stored in our bodies. These stressed or negative emotions or neuropeptides are organized in such a way as to affect our perception, our thinking and our behaviour. These stresses become chronic.

    The interaction of the external and internal stressors and the internal stresses creates what we call stress. The internal stressors mentioned above, when interacting with the external stressors (environment), create arousal in our body systems. The internal stressors then become stress.

    This is an excerpt from The Stress Barrier-Nature’s Way To Overcoming Stress. ISBN 1901657655. It is available through http://www.amazon.com and http://www.amazon.co.uk. The author,Dr. Chadha is a psychiatrist with experitse in drug free treatment of psychiatric conditions. He is based in Dublin, Ireland. His website address is: http://www.drpkchadha.com

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