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Are you STRESSED !?

Stress is a constant in our lives—

 such a constant that we actually don’t realize we are under stress, we think it’s “just part of life.”

We experience traffic jams, deadlines, eating on the run, We stress when we have bills to pay, job changes, endless chores and too many errands. Our job has stress, not having a job has stress, it’s stressful maintaining your weight, having a relationship is stressful, not being in a relationship is stressful, family responsibilities are stress, and all those demands on you can be huge amounts of stress.  Not to mention those people who really get on your nerves.

Stress!! It’s there!  It’s everywhere!

Is there anything that can be done? There are so many recommendations for reducing stress, but what really works? Something you do everyday may be different that something you need to do when the stress gauge rises.

We wanted to find answers, tools and techniques which were actually being used and could be shared so more people would have choices on how to work with, manage and embrace the stress in their lives.

“If you want to lose weight, go to a skinny doctor.” Zig Ziglar

As we interpret from Zig’s quote, it’s more than just talking about it, it’s actually putting your words intro practice. And being able to explain well enough that someone else can benefit as well.

Author and publisher, Sumner M. Davenport has combined advice from experts in their fields and stories from individuals she interviewed, each relating specific techniques that help teach stress who is the boss.

Barbara Kramer, a professional event planner is a co-author in the book STRESS OUT. She uses a visualization
technique when she feels that someone is really getting on her nerves.
She takes a minute and closes her eyes, takes a very deep, slow breath and imagines herself sitting by the side of a beautiful flowing stream of cool water.  Then she continues her visualization as you sees herself walk into the stream and splash around in the water.  Her stress begins to leave her.  She looks around at the beautiful scenery, the open sky.

 She notices the person who has been aggravating her is also in her stream of water.  There is a small boat tied up next to her at the bank of her stress. She invited this person to get into the boat and she unties the rope, letting the boat travel downstream with the flow.

As the boat fades from her view, she is not longer feeling any attachment to the feelings of aggravation she started out with.

Barbara explains that her intent is not to actually harm another person, but this visualization releases her from the stress hold she feels from the other person’s behavior. Then she can handle what is happening in the real life situation with more ease.

For long term healthy results, Barbara gives two additional powerful examples of visualization techniques that can not only shift stress energy, but will also stimulate your creative thinking, which brings about solutions that you can put into action.

We all have stress. It’s is a really term that is commonly used to describe the symptoms your body has in response to increased tension.

The "stress" which people complain about, or that which makes them function less well, is a feeling of tension or pressure  that you experience when you feel that the demands placed on you appear to exceed the resources you have to deal with them.

Believe it or not, a certain level of stress is good and is normal to help you deal with the challenges of life. Too much stress, on the other hand, causes your body to react in unpleasant ways. It can even kill you.  It is more than being a simple medical condition.

Stress is your body's response.;  a combination of physical, mental, and emotional feelings resulting from pressure, worry, especially worry about those things that never finally happen, or worry over guilt from the past.

Stress is anxiety, guilt, the lack of taking responsibility for your own life and the results. It’s frustration, a feeling of loss of control, and (a big one) is our attempts to control others. If they would only change, then we wouldn’t have to, and since they won’t oblige, we’re stressed.

Relaxation techniques rather than fighting against stress can be another method to maintain balance in your life.

No matter how many times you’ve been promised la-la land by certain health and energy workers or what you’ve heard from Zen Buddhists and transcendental meditators about “just say OM”; relaxation can be hard work under certain circumstances. A couple of those circumstances could be when your blind date comes to the door in a straightjacket or you show no reflection in the mirror. Other more real circumstances occur in your life everyday, so valid relaxation techniques are necessary and STRESS OUT book intends to offer as many choices as the pages will hold.

Surprising as it seems, some stress does have positive outcomes.  "Good stress" If you are an athlete, good stress can give you the energy you need to excel in a physical competition. If you are a computer programmers, good stress could stimulate your thinking.  If you are a music composer's , good stress could stimulate your creative energy.  

Good stress can give many people the energy to solve problems and to finish hard work. In basic terms, stress is an aspect of living that can be beneficial when it motivates you, encourages change for you or inspires you, but can be the opposite when it does not. Your body is actually designed to deal very well with pressure, excitement or stress while working towards a goal or working through a challenging event; and after the accomplishment of your goal, or the event passes, your body has the need to relax, slow down again and recharge itself.  

It is only when this pressure, or this stress, becomes so continuous and intense that you are unable to relax and you feel distressed." You feel out of control, you are no longer able to handle the demands made on you, and your body begins to feel unwell. Too many people go to their Doctors every year with unspecific symptoms of not feeling themselves.  

The key to managing stress is achieving the right balance of forces between tension and relaxation.  

Another co-author in the book uses the stress of physical exercise to keep herself healthy physically and emotionally. Not just any exercise, she participates in marathons; and not just any marathon – marathons to raise money for favorite charities. She sees it as a win-win. After a marathon, her body has spent all of its stress. She is ready to relax and recharge and a charity is supported in reaching their goal

Readers of this chapter may be motivated by her example to do something that helps their stress level while they are helping someone else. It doesn't have to be a marathon. Charities have sporting events from short walks to the lengthy marathon.

So many times we treat our automobiles better than we treat our mental and physical bodies. That vehicle we travel in everywhere is out physical body and it needs great care to continue to function properly.

You probably wouldn’t think of jump starting your car in the morning, cold start without fuel and running it hard all day.  Never shutting off the engine leaving it running, even when not going anywhere. You probably wouldn’t think of running your car engine at its optimum, in high gear, constantly revving the engine for more power, driving it continually with no service break.  If you do, then you know, that if you did this to your car, it would start to break down. And  it would  become less reliable, and then it would rapidly begin to break down, usually at the most inconvenient times.

Yet, many people jump start their days; run themselves in high gear, overheated, under fed and poor fuel, over accelerated constant push and no breaks. Then we wonder, why we are feeling so poorly and less effective? !

Unrelieved stress can take an emotional as well as physical toll, in the form of anxiety or depression or high blood pressure and heart disease.  If unattended, stress can seriously your damage physical health; psychological well-being; and your relationships with your friends, family, and co-workers. It’s never too soon or too late to start decreasing the effects of stress in your life.

There are dozens of ways you can work with and through stress and maintain a healthy life regardless of the external events. These can include many popular techniques you have already heard of, some you have forgotten and new methods are being proven in people’s lives every day. Old or new, solutions included in the Stress Out book are the result of long personal research.  Each chapter is based on everyday insights, techniques and tools used by everyday people - like you.





















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