When you are stressed, the hardest thing in the world is dealing with stress. After all, it’s already there and stress is not the sort of thing that is dealt with very easily. It tends to consume the mind, cause fatigue, prevent concentration, and can even cause memory problems. It is as though the brain is so wrapped up in its stress that it does not have room for anything else. Thus, in order to stay alert, aware and clear-headed, it is necessary to have a strategy for dealing with stress.
The best method for dealing with stress is, of course, to prevent it in the first place. This is best done by staying focused on what you are doing rather than worrying about everything that needs to be done. By concentrating on, let’s say, the work you are doing, you can avoid work stress. It is a simple matter of focus. By simply staying in the moment and letting each moment move you forward, your stress levels will stay low.
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It was so tough in those early years. Not knowing what was wrong. I didn’t know what to think. Was I going crazy? The doctor said I have a nervous stomach. I’m not a nervous person.
Then I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Even though it’s a chronic disease without a cure, it was a relief to know what was wrong. But then the reality set in. How was my life going to change?
And change it did. In 1985 I was admitted into a hospital suffering from a stomach obstruction. A surgeon had to remove a foot and a half from my small intestines. The pain was terrible. I never, repeat never , want to go through that pain again. Ever.
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I just got through reading some troubling news in the New York Times this morning.
62% of employees now say that work-related stress leaves them overwhelmed and overtired.
And for many of us, who bring work home from the office, the problem is even worse.
So what’s going on?
Why are most of us so stressed?
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One of the hardest parts about stress is the simple problem of coping with stress. After all, if it were easy to cope with stress, stress wouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, once stress arrives, it is such as all-consuming mind-numbing experience that attempting to cope with stress is stressful in itself.
As you try to turn stress away and focus on your work, the stress just comes back and distracts the concentration to the point where you are not even aware your concentration is gone until it is too late and your mind has returned to thoughts of everything but what you are trying to do. Then, the frustration grows as you realize that you just spent a long period of time accomplishing nothing and all that lost work makes the stress even worse.
Thus, coping with stress is vital if you are to accomplish anything and relieve one source of stress: the fact that you need to get something accomplished.However, many people have discovered effective means for coping with stress, so it is not impossible. Thus, you can find methods for coping with stress and you can apply them to yourself, so that you will be able to deal with the pressures of life and get through them.
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When we think about stress in the workplace, we usually refer to ulcers or heart conditions, but stress has a much broader impact. It is known that stress is linked to cancer, lung ailments, cirrhosis of the liver, immunity to common illnesses, back problems, and many other medical problems.
It is estimated that stress is the underlying factor in 75 – 90% of all physician visits.
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“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” Hans Selye – the “father of stress” and founder of the Canadian Institute of Stress.
Every worker in America has heard of individual stress management techniques — relaxation, meditation, and visualization — good tools for getting through stressful periods. But if they’re so great, why do we still have all this stress?
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Help your body and mind relax, and increase your sense of well-being, by creating a personalized comfort zone. Whether at home, work or when traveling, you can create your own oasis with these eight easy steps.
Stress and anxiety can prematurely age our mind and body. If not dealt with effectively, chronic stress and worrying can place undue strain upon our cardiovascular and immune systems. It can also make us prone to mood disorders and negatively affect our cognitive functions. Having a safe and comfortable place where we can relax and unwind can help improve our well-being and produce feelings of peace and tranquility.
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Probably the least appreciated form of stress is college stress. This is mostly due to the fact that adults simply see a lot of college students sitting on their rear ends playing video games and drinking, instead of seeing students who are under pressure to succeed all the time. In addition to classes, homework, research, reading, paper writing and problem solving, there are now the problems of how the heck to pay for college and whether there will be any jobs waiting after graduation. Thus, with all these forms of college stress weighing students down, it is no wonder that things tend to get ugly when they “blow off steam”.Of course, there are better ways to deal with stress than to drink an entire case of beer in one day. In fact, abusing your body with any number of chemicals does not really help that much, aside from the fact that people generally relax when they do such things. However, they are usually relaxed before partaking of the latest work of ancient and modern chemistry, so the substances themselves really do not make much of a difference.
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There are some people who only get stress from time to time and there are others who suffer from chronic stress. Obviously, it is easier to deal with stress that only arises occasionally, while it is almost impossible to get away from chronic stress.Chronic stress is a condition in which stress arrives routinely and can often stay for days, weeks, and even months at a time, leaving people almost unable to think about anything other than everything that there is to worry about . Unfortunately, the mere sense of worry is not the worst the worst of it. It also leaves people fatigued and unable to concentrate and it can lead to problems with memory and even leave people unable to sleep right. Then, in its worst forms, it can even lead to a complete nervous breakdown, leaving the sufferer incapable of doing anything.
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In order to eliminate or at least control stress, it is vital to know and understand the causes of stress. Of course, there are many causes of stress and they are as varied as the people who suffer from stress, but there are a few places to look first. And by learning about these causes of stress, you can figure out where stress is entering your life.
One of the most common, and most complained about, causes of stress is work. However, it is not only the day-to-day tasks and routine pressures of work that can lead to stress. In fact, the mere concern about keeping a job can be a source of stress. Unfortunately, the combined stress of both work itself and the possibility of losing it creates a sort of double-stress in which people feel they have to work even harder in order to keep their jobs, making the stress that much worse.
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