'Stress Prevention' Category Archive

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2006

Stress is a natural part of life. What you understand by stress though may be quite different from your work colleague, your neighbour or your partner.

The same events, the same amount of pressure may inspire one person to get active, creative and move beyond known limits and another person to break down and get ill. In order to successfully deal with stress, you need to know your personal tolerance level.

There are stressful events that you can’t avoid such as death, conflicts, accidents, job change, moving, marriage, parenthood, sickness or money problems.

And there is the stress that is created in your mind. This self-induced stress is worries about the future, money, a loved one, loss of work, retirement to name a few. You often experience this mental stress as the feeling of being out of control.

Too much stress of this kind can cause sleeping problems, backaches or headaches or even worse, contribute to life-threatening diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease.

The key to stress is how you deal with it. Dealing with stress involves body, mind and the emotions.

A primary factor in dealing with stress that involves all those levels is your ability to relax.

There are many ways to do that. A continuous, deep and slow abdominal breathing is a vital factor for relaxation. Other well-known techniques are meditation, guided imagery or progressive relaxation of the muscles. But just even going for a walk, listening to music, reading for pleasure, talking to a friend or taking a bath often helps to deal with a stressful event.

On the body level, make sure, you get an adequate amount of rest each night, develop an exercise routine to keep your body flexible, cut down on toxicating substances like coffee, tea or cigarettes and treat your body well with balanced food.

On the mental level, develop the habit of a good time management. This is especially important for dealing with stress that is induced by increased responsibilities or having to meet deadlines in your job.

Break down large projects into small parts that you can easily oversee and handle one part at a time. Do what needs to be done first and pace other tasks according to priorities. Identify your short term, middle term and long term goals to priorities your tasks.

Develop a support network to rely on in times of need and take direct action when stress arises.

To deal with stress that is self-induced through worries about possible future events, use the image of a peaceful event to quiet down your mind and to be here and now. Your body responds to your worries about something that hasn’t happened yet the same way as it responds to outer events that actually are happening. You can use that ability of the brain to deal with stress through positive visualisations.

Get clear what YOU need to do to reduce the stress.

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In these courses, you can find and set goals for those areas that stress you and learn how to deal with this stress in a constructive way. On top of it, I shift the energetic patterns that keep stress factors in place.

Dr. Ulla Sebastian is a well-known author, trainer and psychotherapist. Her work spans a wide range of themes for professional and personal growth. Using forty years of research, work with thousands of people, from all over the world and a lifelong experience of self growth and transformation, she supports people to transform negative life patterns into an empowered and fulfilled life. Her Ebook: Beyond Suffering at http://www.visioform.com/uk/ebook-joy.htm contains a comprehensive description and a hands-on manual on how to move towards an empowered and fulfilled life. Visit her website http://www.visioform.com for free courses, distance courses, books, ebooks and articles

Posted on Sep 14th, 2006

In the body, the stress response is mediated by the hypothalamic-adrenal-pituitary axis, or the HPA-axis for short.

When the body perceives stress, the HPA axis, along with the sympathetic nervous system, famous for its “fight of flight” response, are activated together.

Although the stress response is helpful and necessary when dealing with short lived stressors, issues result when the perceived stress remains sustained over a period of time. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) tends to dominate over its counter balance, the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). As a result, the individual has difficulty settling back down to their normal physical and emotional state, even if the perceived stress is subsequently removed. Chiropractic care can aid in normalizing sympathetic nerve function.

The HPA-axis is responsible for releasing a hormone known as cortisol, most commonly known as the stress hormone. Cortisol has many diverse physiological functions that occur throughout the body, such as suppressing immune function, increasing blood glucose levels, and breaking down different body tissues. When the stressor is removed, cortisol levels drop and the body returns to its normal level of activity.

Problems result, however, if the perceived stress is not removed. Unless the body has a chance to recover, the effects of stress hormones tend to accumulate and build up. Chronic stress can cause result in either an over activation or an under activation of the HPA axis, depending on the individual. Over activation of the HPA axis may result in increased and sustained levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This in turn can result in a variety of symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Lowered immune response
  • Altered reproductive function
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Elevated triglyceride levels
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired memory
  • Central obesity
  • Loss of muscle tone and protein wasting
  • Bone mineral loss and impaired injury recovery.
  • In addition, people under stressed emotional states tend to have cravings for sweeter, higher fat foods and more energy dense meals. Without a corresponding increase in physical activity, these individuals tend to experience weight gain as a result.

    Alternatively, the other type of stress response that an individual may experience is an under activation of the HPA axis. Symptoms associated with this state may include:

    • An increased risk of autoimmune diseases
    • An increased risk of inflammatory conditions
    • Apathy
    • Malaise/fatigue
    • Weakness
    • Reduced libido
    • Weight loss
    • Poor, restless sleep
    • Chronic pain
    • Asthma
    • Allergies
    • An inability to carry out routine tasks.
    • If the stress continues unabated, the body can actually experience adrenal fatigue, where the body can no longer deal adequately with the perceived stress. Commonly known as burnout, the body’s ability to respond to any stress becomes compromised.

      Although eliminating stress form one’s life may be the most desired objective, it is not always practical. There are strategies that one may employ to deal with stress. In addition to getting adequate levels of physical activity, restful sleep and eating a well balanced diet, supplementation with adaptogens such as Prime One can be an effective strategy to help mitigate the deleterious effects of stress.

      Author Bio: Dr. Rajiv Laroiya, B.Sc., D.C., F.I.C.P.A., is the Clinical Director of 2 Wellness Centers in Calgary Alberta. He is a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and many families across the nation have benefited from his treatments. In addition, he is a Consulting Expert for The Adaptogens for Life Group. For more information about health and stress and what to do, visit us at: http://www.parallelwellness.com and http://www.adaptogensforlife.com

      Posted on Sep 12th, 2006

      We are not designed for long term stress.

      It causes us physical damage.

      Coping mechanisms disguise the problem, they do not solve it.

      If you broke a leg would you develop a coping strategy to continue to live with the broken leg, or would you get the leg repaired.

      Stress

      A good day can sometimes be characterised by an event that occurred. An order that was won or a singular success that has put everyone on a high.

      But life is not about singular successes.

      We don’t get married because there was one singular event that turned into love, we don’t support our football team because of one goal that they scored.

      The quality of our lives, the way we feel about ourselves is about an ongoing repeated series of small events.

      If these events are positive then we will feel good.

      If the sum of these events is negative then we start to feel bad.

      The human body is a remarkable thing that is designed in all circumstances to protect itself.

      When we become stressed the body has an automatic reaction to defend itself.

      The reason is that the part of the brain that deals with logical thought shuts down. This allows all of the processing power to concentrate on one of two very simple operations.

      Fight or Flight.

      If this processing power computes that your chances of survival are better if you stayed put then your brain will decide to fight and prepare your body accordingly. If on the other hand your brain’s assessment of the danger is such that your chances of survival are best if you run away, your brain will get revved up, point the body in the right direction and will concentrate all its power on making the flight successful.

      This fight or flight reaction is necessarily of a short duration.

      This is the emergency response during which short term damage to the body is accepted in exchange for the alternative which is non survival.

      In fight or flight mode the body switches off the normal routine maintenance functions and is concentrating on pure survival.

      Unfortunately our modern lives are not quite that simple.

      Our day has become full of situations that cause us stress but for which we are not allowed either of our two natural responses.

      If we are at work and the boss shouts at us for failing to reach a quota or for misplacing last months invoices, we are not allowed to run or fight.

      Instead we are obliged to stand and listen until such time as the boss runs out of rhetoric or forgets why he started shouting in the first place.

      This leaves a huge amount of unresolved stress which in our ancestors would be removed by an adrenaline fuelled activity such as fighting or running.

      In the modern world, after the incident that caused the stress, we look for the release from the stress in different adrenaline fuelled activities.

      We break something, we shout at someone else, we sabotage our work.

      These actions are a direct result of being stressed and are our physiological reaction to the stress that we feel.

      These are our short term reactions to situations that frustrate us and over which we have no control.

      But during our working day the number of times that we are put under stress is increasing and there are only a finite number of opportunities to relieve that stress.

      This leaves the body with a problem.

      There is too much stress and not enough opportunity to relieve it.

      The long term effect of stress on the body is physically damaging.

      We are not designed to be able to manage stress in the long term.

      Our bodies respond to stress in a way that can only be supported in the short term because stress is supposed to indicate an emergency reaction.

      If the stress continues we begin to suffer damage to our bodies as a result of the extended time in a condition that was only ever meant to be used for short term emergencies.

      We create real musculo-skeletal problems for ourselves as a result of extended stress which causes real sickness and long term absence from work.

      If the stress that caused the problem that made us sick is still present at work then we will never be able to return to a productive life.

      But the body has an answer.

      In the modern work place, when we become frustrated we get angry that we are not allowed to do our job and therefore become stressed.

      But we only become stressed if we care.

      We all want to be able to do a good job because we want to care about what we do.

      We want to able to say "Look at me I did that", we want to be proud of what we do.

      If however we are frustrated in our ability to be proud by something outside of our control we start to become stressed.

      The body at this point makes a choice in order to avoid the long term damage that continuous stress causes the body, the body chooses to switch off the stress.

      The body does this by ceasing to care.

      We can only get stressed if we care about the consequences of our actions.

      The body by ceasing to care ceases to be stressed and therefore subject itself to damage.

      This lack of care is seen by most as apathy.

      It is a convenient label to stick onto a workforce to blame them for a failure to perform.

      What we are seeing now is that apathy is not a function of the workforce.

      Apathy is a function of the environment that has been created at work.

      It is that environment that has caused the stress.

      The bodies defensive reaction to the environment that has been created is apathy.

      Apathy is therefore not the cause of the problems but a symptom of the failure of the environment.

      If we change the environment and remove the stress such that staff no longer need to defend themselves against it by becoming apathetic then we have created the conditions that will allow people to start caring about what they do.

      We allow them to take pride in what they do and ultimately allow them to take ownership.

      Imagine the works manager by the gate on a Monday morning moaning to the maintenance supervisor about the quality of the staff that he has been given to work with.

      "It makes me sick" he says "These guys come in here every morning and they switch off as soon as they step through that gate.

      I know they do.

      I see them at the weekend out shopping or at the football The same people are bright, energetic, motivated, animated and then they come in here and they deliberately switch off.

      Look at them, their heads are down, they are not talking to each other, god knows when was the last time that one of them cracked a joke.

      How on earth are we expected to produce anything with people like that?

      The answer is that we can never expect to produce anything unless we can change the working environment.

      By removing stress from the workplace we ultimately allow the workforce to start caring about what they do.

      They will be able to take pride in their work and ultimately ownership.

      When that happens their performance becomes amazing and even the accountants have to admit that it was the right thing to do.

      Stop coping with stress, find the cause then root it out.

      Peter A Hunter, Author of "Breaking the Mould, http://www.breakingthemould.co.uk

      Posted on Sep 11th, 2006

      Introduction

      Time magazine called stress the “The Epidemic of the Eighties”. Stress is America’s #1 health problem. The reasons for about 90% of visits to doctors there are stress-related. What is stress, and what are its causes? Why does it lead to doctor visits, and what can you do to reduce it? This article seeks to answer these questions briefly.

      What is Stress and How Does it Affect You?

      Stress is your reactions a threat or challenge. These reactions may cause changes in your body, in your mind or action.

      Changes in your body would include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, muscle tension, dry mouth, dilated pupils and increased blood sugar levels.

      Concentration problems, forgetfulness, indecision, nervousness, anger and irritability are some of the changes in your mind as a result of stress.

      Examples of changes in action include tremors, difficulty in sleeping, shaky voice, loss of appetite, jumpiness and accident proneness.

      Sources of Stress

      Stress has a number of causes. There are large issues like retirement, divorce, moving, and the death of a loved one. Some relatively minor sources of stress are sitting in a traffic jam while you are late for an appointment, unpaid bills, and an uncooperative neighbour. Our jobs are also a fertile source of stress.

      Children, teenagers, college students the elderly are all experience stress for various reasons.

      Stress-related Ailments

      There is good stress and there is bad stress (distress). Bad stress is the one usually meant when the word is mentioned. Bad stress causes trouble hence it leads to doctor visits.

      Health problems commonly associated with stress are fatigue, sweating, dry mouth or difficulty in swallowing, insomnia or interrupted sleep cycles, relationship or sexual problems, trembling, dizziness, rapid breathing or irregular heart rate and so on.

      Some people turn to hard drugs and alcohol and others take out their frustration on the people they care about the most. But there more acceptable ways of dealing with stress. What are these?

      How to Handle Stress

      (1) Breathe deeply. Relax your muscles, expanding your stomach and chest. Repeat several times.

      (2)Exercise regularly. Neck and shoulder exercises are useful for the desk-bound arthritis sufferers.

      (3) Eat healthy foods. Don’t skip meals. Take time out for lunch no matter how busy you are.

      (4) Don’t let others get you down. Choose positive friends and avoid worriers. Communicate clearly with your co-workers. When instructions are not clear, seek clarification.

      (5) Plan ahead and prevent problems before they occur.

      (6) Retreat to recharge your spirit. Schedule private time every day. You deserve it.

      (7) Savour life’s little delights. Enjoy a movie, watch a sports event, read a book.

      (8) Don’t be filled with gloom. Replace negative self-talk with affirmations.

      (9) Be optimistic. Count your blessings when everything seems to go wrong.

      (10) Plan your time wisely. And realistically. Leave room for unanticipated events. Do one thing at a time.

      (11) Get enough sleep.

      (12) Strive for your dreams. Plan ahead to meet your most cherished

      goals in life.

      You have these twelve keys to stress reduction. Use them and enjoy stress-free living.

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      Copyright Matthew Eigbe 2005

      Matthew Eigbe
      matthew@stressmanagementarticles.com
      Matthew Eigbe is the publisher of Clear Health Guide, a weekly newsletter that seeks to improve your quality of life by making available to you health information in an easy-to-read manner. Suscribe by sending a mail to matbet@stressmanagementarticles.com.

      Posted on Sep 10th, 2006

      Matthew 11:28
      Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

      In this verse, Jesus Christ invites those that have struggles and those who are buried with issues and dilemmas. He invites people who have come to the point where they begin to feel as if all hope is lost. Mental, physical and spiritual fatigue are the bi-products of heavy burdens that we attempt to bare single handedly. Trying to handle our problems and situations on our own, more times than not, usually creates un-wanted and un-needed stress. Hebrews 12:3 states that we become faint in our minds, if we do not consider He that endured, "He" being Jesus Christ. To consider Him means to rely on Him - to share our load with Him.

      Quite often we are even weighed down by false doctrine and seducing spirits, unknowingly, according to I Timothy 4:1. False slogans and mindsets such as "sometimes we win, sometimes we lose", or "sometimes God says yes, and sometimes he says no," are just two examples of lies that are derived straight from the pits of hell, and are really doctrines of the devil because they are the exact opposite of what the word of God says. According to 2 Corinthians 1:20, God always answers with a "yea", or yes. In 2 Corinthians 2:14 we will find that Apostle Paul says God always causes us to triumph in Christ. Therefore, the mentality of "winning some and losing some" is not scriptural, and if it is not scriptural, or has not been Holy Spirit inspired, then we should not partake in this mindset.

      "Well, what are the sources of stress?" you may ask. There are five major sources of stress that I can think of, with five solutions to the sources also.

      1) Uncertainty About the Future - Hebrews 10:34-39 teaches us not to relinquish our confidence in the will of God and the promises of God. Verse 38 says that the just shall live by faith.

      2) Unresolved Conflict - Ephesians 4:26-27 instructs us to not let a day pass without resolving our conflicts. Doing so will give room for Satan to insert doubt, confusion, worry, along with a host of other demonic spirits, into our hearts and inner man.

      3) Unrealistic Comparison - 1 John 4:17 reads "…because as he is, so are we in this world." If we are compared to God Himself, why should we waste time and energy comparing ourselves to our peers and wanting what the Jones’ have. We have eternal life - what more do we need?

      4) Unconfessed Sin - In Psalm 32:1-5, David explains that his sin was forgiven when he acknowledged his sin (Verse 5). In verse 3, David said that when he kept silence, or when he held his sin within, his physical condition suffered (his bones waxed old). I believe that a lot of sickness and disease that exists within the bodies of people today are due to unconfessed sins. Confess the sins and begin the healing process.

      5) Unrealized Expectation - Romans 5:5 says that as long as we have hope, we will not be ashamed, we will not fail or miss the mark because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. Hope never fails. Our hope should never end. We shatter the stress of unrealized expectation by sustaining our hope and faith in the word of God.

      These five sources of stress are not only trouble for our mental and physical health, but are detrimental to our spiritual growth as Christians. We cannot be used by God to our fullest potential if we continue to allow stress to act as a major stronghold within our daily lives. Cancel the stress today. Cut off stress today. Let’s cast our cares on the Lord and share our burdens with Him. Use the word of God to dismantle the lies of Satan, the enemy of God’s will. As we all know, Satan’s main objective is to steal, kill and destroy. Let’s slam the door shut on Satan’s face by understanding who we are in the eyes of God and understanding God’s promises for us.

      BE KINGDOM MINDED, CANCEL STRESS AND BE BLESSED!

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      Posted on Sep 9th, 2006

      An excellent stress reducer can be something as simple as walking or doing any form of physical activity. Physical activity has the ability to calm jangled nerves and improve bad moods. It can have a calming effect, enhance self-esteem and even combat depression.

      Stress reducer physical activities trigger the release of endorphins which are potent brain chemicals that relieve pain and stimulate relaxation. The higher the level of endorphins, the greater your sense of calm and well being.

      Some research shows that a brisk 20 to 30 minute walk can have the same calming effect of a mild tranquilizer. Overall walking as exercise will just make you feel good.

      The key to walking is to use your mind in a positive way while you are in motion. During a 16 week study, people who meditated while they walked reported a decrease in their anxiety level and a more positive feeling about themselves.

      A walking exercise program can also be a fantastic workout to help you tone up, lose weight and get into shape. You can even start a treadmill walking workout if you want to stay indoors or like to use the gym. The best thing about walking is that anyone from a novice to a serious athlete can get a good workout.

      The key to healthy walking is to walk tall and keep your eyes forward. Hold your shoulders back and don’t slouch. Maintain a natural stride and focus on quicker, not longer strides.

      When you start walking your body begins to release endorphins and energy producing chemicals to help fuel your walk. Your heart begins to speed up, boosting the blood flow and warming your muscles. Your joints begin to release lubricating fluid to help you move more easily.

      As you continue to walk your body temperature keeps rising, you start to perspire and you begin to burn calories. You feel invigorated and start to relax and feel your body release tension.

      Whether you meditate while you walk or just pay attention to counting the number of steps and visualizing each number in your mind, the benefits soon become evident.

      You may be surprised at how quickly walking or physical activity can make you feel better, be a good stress reducer and become a habit you enjoy.

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      Posted on Sep 8th, 2006

      Who hasn’t experienced "worry" at one time or another? Almost everyone I’m sure. As a result many if not all consider this to be not only a normal human "emotion" but also a necessary fact of life. I would like to show here that in fact "worry" is completely unnecessary.

      I begin with the following question. Why do we choose to entertain the state of worry in our minds/bodies?

      Well most think that:

      1. Worry keeps us alert and in a state of preparedness, thereby,

      2. It makes us more able to handle untoward events or situations that may come our way, thereby,

      3. It helps protect us from such events, thereby,

      4. It keeps us feeling safe, secure, calm and at peace.

      In summary then from the above we can say that:

      (A): Worry makes us feel safe, secure, calm and at peace.

      Now does statement (A) above resonate with you as the truth? (Yes or No)

      If you’re not sure I ask you to do the following. Think of something that you worry about. As you are thinking about this allow the feelings of worry to emerge so that you can reacquaint yourself with how it feels to be in the "worried state". Now notice how the worry makes you feel.

      I think that most will notice perhaps feelings of uneasiness, tension, anxiety, a sense of dread, feelings of insecurity, feelings of uncertainty, a sense of distractedness, a feeling of heaviness, and perhaps a host of negative thoughts running through your mind.

      So what you have just deliniated for yourself is the experience of "worry" itself.

      So, now in this experience do you recognize any feelings of security, safety, calmness or inner peace?

      If you are honest with yourself I think you will see that none of these feelings exist in that experience of worry, correct?

      So that makes statement (A) above false doesn’t it?

      At this point you may feel that something strange is going on here. You might ask yourself "Is he trying to trick me or something?".

      Well no I’m not trying to trick you. In fact I’m just trying to show you how you’ve been tricking yourself into believing that a falsehood was in fact a truth. The falsehood being statement (A).

      You may wish to answer the following questions for yourself at this point in order to experience an remarkable transformation for yourself:

      1. Do you recognize that you have been harboring statement (A) inside you as if it were the truth? (Yes or No)

      2. Do you want to go on harboring this false statement inside of you? (Yes or No)

      3. Is the experience of "worry" toxic to you? (Yes or No)

      4. Do you want statement (A) living anywhere inside of you? (Yes or No)

      5. Do you want the "worry" living inside of you? (Yes or No)

      6. If you answered No to question 2, what is the consequence to you of going on harboring statement (A) inside of you (i.e. to go on believing that it is true)?

      Now if you’ve followed me so far you are likely having one of two experiences.

      For one you may be feeling a sense of great relief, feeling lighter, feeling energized, feeling more at peace, calmer, a greater sense of security and more optmiistic.

      Or, you may be feeling confused and frustrated with the entire exercise.

      If you are feeling the former I congratulate you on your courage to take this monumental step forward in your life.

      If you are feeling the latter, you are likely still reluctant to let the worry go because you believe at some deeper level that it still is useful to you.

      In which ever case if at any time you would like to move further forward in your life kindly contact me at the web links below.

      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.

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      Posted on Jul 7th, 2006

      Living in our world today can be very stressful. While some of the stress that we experience is actually useful for motivating us, a point can be reached where it becomes very harmful, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. Knowing how to manage and even reduce the harmful effects of stress on a daily basis, of staying balanced and centered as we encounter the many stressors of everyday living, is crucial to our well being. Among other things, taking care of ourselves will necessarily involve us nurturing our physical body, of eating healthy foods, of exercising. Learning how to take care of ourselves in this respect is also very important for everyone as our experience of stress can and does affect others as well.

      Learning how to take care of ourselves also involves making appropriate distinctions about ourselves, others and life in general. One distinction that is crucial for our well being is realizing how and from where much of our stress is primarily generated. While some of the stressors that we face are apart of what it is to be a human being, much of the stress that we experience is of our own creation. A great deal of the stress that we experience has its origin in our own personal story and the meaning we make about life, in the thoughts that we think. Once we understand that we are truly the cause in the matter, that we are responsible for the thoughts that we create or invent and that it is from these thoughts that much of our stress is generated, then and only then will we begin to be able to truly manage our stress and have the power to live the life that we want and love. Blaming others or situations for that which we experience will only limit our power, lead to frustration and eventually a great deal of stress.

      Becoming present to the fact that we have a tendency to constantly evaluate, judge and even blame others, and especially ourselves, is very important. How we conceive of others and ourselves in this respect will make a huge difference in our experience of life. For example, for some much of their life is spent attempting to make others and themselves wrong, wrong for what they think and do, wrong for what we think and do. Once we make another wrong, especially ourselves, anger, anxiety, guilt, frustration and even sadness will eventually follow and with it a great deal of stress. A simple truth is that as human beings we are all doing the best that we can at any given moment. If we or others knew differently we would behave differently.

      Another simple truth is that we are perfect, whole and complete just as we are. It is our story about ourselves that does not allow us to truly experience our own completeness. Making mistakes in life does not make us wrong or flawed in some way but only presents us with feedback and valuable opportunities for growth. Becoming present to how we make ourselves wrong, of how we put ourselves down, allows us an opening to realize that we are not what we do or think. Our true self is something much different. Becoming present to our attempts to make others and ourselves wrong in some manner will also create a cleaning for us to begin to think, feel and behave differently. Once we fully realize that we are perfect, whole and complete just as are, we will bring forth into our lives experiences that will truly empower us and others. It will be at this point that we will begin to authentically take care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves in this respect will also involve taking care of our true self, of unconditionally loving ourselves completely. It is only when we truly love and accept ourselves, as we are, in the present moment that we will be able to do so with others. We always think, feel and behave towards others as we think, feel and act towards ourselves.

      One manner in which we can practice being who we truly are is beginning to become aware of the thoughts and beliefs that exist within us including and especially those that are self-limiting. Meditation and other holistic, self-enhancement techniques of this nature allow us this ability and opportunity to watch, monitor and become present to our inner world, to the very thoughts that generate our life and experiences. Such a process will eventually allow us to truly understand that we are not our thoughts and beliefs, that we are something different from, that we are much more. Our thoughts are merely apart of the machinery of being human.

      Once present to the thoughts and beliefs that quickly, if not instantly, move through our mind also allows us the opportunity to reframe from impulsively acting upon them and as a result to become free from their constraints and potential harm to us and others. Such a meditative process, especially as it applies to the thoughts and beliefs that we have about ourselves, is the key to truly taking care of yourself. Such awareness will eventually allow us to truly experience the fact that we are good enough, just as we are, one that deserves to have a wonderful and powerful life, that we truly are perfect, whole and complete. Once we fully understand this for ourselves it will allow us to get it about others, for those that we work with and for those in our lives that we love. The end result of such a meditative process is that much of the stress that we experience, especially that which we create, will simply not exist, allowing us to create or invent the life that we truly want and love and to live it powerfully.

      Harry Henshaw, Ed.D., L.M.H.C.
      http://www.enhancedhealing.com

      Dr. Harry Henshaw earned his doctoral degree in Human Development and Counseling from Boston University and has designed and implemented mental health and substance abuse programs in outpatient, residential and hospital settings in Illinois, Massachusetts and Florida.

      Dr. Henshaw is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, a certified Clinical Supervisor and a member of the American Counseling Association & American Psychological Association. Trained in neuro-linguistic programming, Dr. Henshaw is also certified to practice and teach hypnosis in the State of Florida.

      Dr. Henshaw is also in private practice in Hallandale Beach, Florida and utilizes the technology of Transformational Counseling. In addition to his work as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor, Dr. Henshaw has developed a series of audio health care products for use by professional providers and the public. http://www.enhancedhealing.com

      Posted on Jul 4th, 2006

      "I’m stressed out."

      If you find yourself thinking–or saying–this on a regular basis, you might have a real problem on your hands. Job and career related stress has been on the rise in recent years, as occupations become more complex, and workers are taking on more and more responsibility. In fact, workplace stress is now considered an occupational illness. Many employees undergo stress as a normal part of their jobs, but some experience it more severely than others, to the point that they need time away from work.

      According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, extreme occupational stress is classified as a "neurotic reaction to stress." The survey found that thousands of such cases are reported every year. The median absence from work for these cases was 23 days, more than four times the level of all nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. And more than two-fifths of the cases resulted in 31 or more lost workdays, compared to one-fifth for all injury and illness cases.

      Not surprisingly, the level of workplace stress seems to be tied directly to the worker’s occupation. In fact, just four industries accounted for the bulk of occupational stress cases: Services (35 percent), manufacturing (21 percent), retail trade (14 percent), and finance, insurance, and real estate (12 percent).

      In general, white-collar occupations had a higher proportion of stress cases than both blue-collar and service occupations combined. Managerial and professional occupations, with 16 percent of the cases, and technical, sales, and administrative support occupations with 48 percent, the highest proportions of occupational stress cases.

      If you’re stressed out, you need to look at ways to reduce that stress before it has a negative effect on your health. High levels of stress, over time, can lead to sleeping disorders, high blood pressure, and other physical problems. If you think your work environment is too stressful, bring the subject up with your boss or supervisor. See if there isn’t some way of reducing your workload, or taking away a few responsibilities so that you don’t feel overwhelmed on the job. If you feel yourself getting stressed out at work, try relaxing and breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes and see if this doesn’t calm you down.

      Away from work, exercise is a great stress reducer. For many people, a brisk walk in the evening is enough to unwind them after a tough day on the job. I’ve found that yoga works wonders for me after a tense work day. After a half an hour doing yoga poses and breathing exercises, I feel refreshed, and I sleep much better at night. Other people relax by playing sports, or socializing with friends, or playing with their kids.

      No matter how you relieve stress, just do it. You’ll feel a lot better, both physically and mentally. And if you can’t find a way to manage your stress levels at work, you might need to think about finding another job.

      Kent Johnson - author, publisher, career coach. "Helping people realize their dreams one career at a time." Your Dream Career.com - your source for career tips and info ==> http://your-dream-career.com

      Posted on Jul 3rd, 2006

      One of the ways I have avoided a lot of stress the last two years is to have a stockpile of birthday and all occasion greetings cards in my filing cabinet. When you work at home like I do, you try to have the least interruptions to your day as possible. These cards have saved the day on many occasions. I get them when I am out shopping, I look for the ones I love and sometimes I am able to make the most of sales and cut price items by buying them in bulk. Of course I make sure I also have a big reserve of stamps to go with them.

      There are many ways to avoid those extra stresses of everyday life by thinking about what you would love to have reserves of. When you have large amounts of reserves you also start to gain extra feelings of security and abundance. You know what happens then??? If you are feeling abundance then you are living abundantly and things will start just showing up in your lifeJ What fun this is!

      What if you were to have large reserves of Toilet paper and other paper items, light bulbs, laundry detergent, providing, of course that you have somewhere to store it. Start buying the very biggest packs you can find and take care to buy when they are “on special”.

      Ok, so its obvious that you can always gather stocks of goods you need around the house but what else?

      How about what would happen if your washing machine and car broke down on the same day and you had all your underwear waiting to be washed? Ok , well maybe that wouldn’t happen, but if you had reserves of underwear, it would be no problem at all. Makes quite a good argument for haveing plenty of underwear:-)….So make sure you buy in bulk and when its on sale.

      Another idea is make sure that your computer has more than enough memory before you NEED to upgrade. This way if you have something important to do it doesn’t result in panic when suddenly you realize you need more space!

      Lets take the idea of reserves even further. What if you were to have a “reserve of time” up your sleeve, wouldn’t that feel great? One way to do this is to make dummy appointments with your self on the calendar. This is great for creating time just for you, those times when you could do with a bit of pampering or just some quiet time to veg out and read a book. Just write “MPT” on the day for however much time you want, then if anyone questions it or asks you to do something you can say “sorry, no I already have an appointment that day”. By the way, MPT stands for My Private Time, but know one needs to know that but youJ

      Think of lots of ways you can use the idea of “reserves” in your life to make it much more stress free. I would love to hear of any ideas that you come up with. Email me at di@stressmanagementarticles.com please.

      Di McDonald is a certified Life Coach who has a deep love of personal growth, visual journaling, constant learning and the laws of attraction. "I love teaching and encouraging women to make time for themselves, to get what they want in life and to pursue their creativity" she says. Please visit her websites —> http://www.DiMcDonald.com and http://www.dyzee.com

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