Dealing With Stress Naturally
Anxiety, tension and stress are immutable facts of modern life. As the pace at which we fly through every day seems to become increasingly hectic, it becomes ever more difficult to find the time and space to relax, to take things easy every once in a while.
And yet, stress is a recognized killer, a condition that is known to be a contributory factor to many fatal conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. As these two conditions are respectively the number one and number three killers in the USA every year, the importance of dealing with stress cannot be overestimated.
Most of us have our own ways of dealing with or handling stress but it does not necessarily follow that we are all good at dealing with the anxiety and tensions that are part and parcel of everyday living. No matter who we are or what we do, there are always situations or times when things seem to get on top of us, when life throws us a curveball that we just can’t deal with.
In those situations when life seems almost too much to bear, we all have different ways of coping with what is going on around us. Whilst a few resolute stoics might be to handle things through nothing more than strength of character and willpower, the majority of people need some kind of ‘prop’ to get through times like these.
For some folks, it’s alcohol whilst others turn to cigarettes. For many however, times of great stress and tension immediately send them scurrying to the doctor’s office or surgery to get a prescription for something that can calm them down and make them feel less stressed. In all of these scenarios, it is a fact that drinking, smoking or even taking prescription drugs may not necessarily be the best thing for you. Of course, they may bring a temporary respite from the stressful situation that you found yourself in, but unfortunately, this respite is only a temporary. Moreover, more often than not, the stressful problem comes back with a vengeance all too soon.
Stress is a problem for everybody from time to time but the good news is that there are plenty of different things that you can do to reduce stress problems that are completely natural. The purpose of this guide is to look at as many natural ways of dealing with stress as possible, whilst also highlighting how each particular natural stress treatment can be fitted in to your hurry-scurry daily existence.
Before beginning the quest to find natural ways of dealing with stress that everyone can use, let’s start by considering what stress is, and what causes it.
Just about everyone who you talk to nowadays will complain about being “stressed out.” Thirty years ago, no one ever even used this term. Today, however, it is a staple in most conversations. We often refer to ourselves as being “stressed out” when we discuss our careers as well as our personal lives.
Recent studies indicate that even children are “stressed out.” Little kids, who shouldn’t have a care in the world, are becoming “stressed” due to activities at home or at school. In most cases, they are simply inheriting the stress from their parents.
Psychologists who deal with “stressed out” individuals blame the current situation on everything from the foods we eat to our society. Most agree that people today attempt to do “too much” and end up getting burned out.
We all experience stress during the course of our lives. There is a difference, however, in being constantly stressed out and experiencing stress due to a certain situation. Anything that dramatically disrupts our lives is a cause for stress. Most people recover from the stressful situation after it has been resolved or over a period of time.
Other people tend to get stressed out all the time. In fact, their entire life appears to be one big stress factory. This is unhealthy and is gradually taking its toll on our society. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on symptoms of stress. There are dozens of prescriptive medicines on the market today that address stress and anxiety. Millions of people are on some sort of medication for “stress.”
What has happened in the past thirty years that has caused us to become such a nation of stressed out individuals? Is society expecting too much from us or are we expecting too much from ourselves? Why are so many people suffering from the following:
• Anxiety disorder
• Social anxiety disorder
• Obsessive compulsive disorder
• Anorexia Nervosa
• Panic attacks
Years ago, no one ever even heard of these conditions, now they are featured in every magazine you encounter. There is a huge market to treat both depression and anxiety, which usually go hand in hand and are the offspring of stress.
Pharmaceutical companies are cranking out different anti-depressants all of the time. These are said to be ‘better” than the other anti-depressants that they discovered a year prior. Thirty years ago, no one ever even heard the term “anti-depressant.” If you used that expression back then, people would think you were talking about something to do with your car.
Today it seems as if every single person you encounter is “on something” for stress, depression or anxiety. All of them can neatly be lumped into the same category and are caused by stress.
Stress is usually at the root of all of the above psychological disorders. It also affects us physically as well. Stress has been linked to every disease known to man, including heart disease and cancer. Clearly, it is not a good idea for people to be under stress. But, as human beings, we are going to experience stressful situations. There is no avoiding this fact. Therefore, in order to really be able to help cure ourselves from being “stressed out” we need to know how to do the following:
• Identify stressors that affect our daily lives;
• Eliminate the stressors of which we can free ourselves;
• Learn to deal with stressful situations in a healthy way
If you are one of the millions of people who are feeling stressed out, you must take a look at the reasons why you are stressed out and try to do what you can to eliminate as much stress as you can from your life. If you continue to be “stressed out” you will most likely find yourself taking some sort of prescription drug for one of the above disorders. Taking prescription drugs for stress does not mean that you are “crazy.” This book will discuss alternative ways to deal with stress, but as a last resort, you are better off with the medications than allowing your body to be battered by stress.
Life is way too short to go through it being stressed out. And chances are that you will shorten your lifespan significantly if you continue to be “stressed out “ through the daily course of your life. This is especially true as many of the things over which you may be stressed are minor, but have been blown up in your mind to be worse than they actually are.
Wouldn’t it be nice to actually be able to go through life without being “stressed out” over everything and without drugs or medications? This book will teach you everything you wanted to know about stress and how you can avoid this scourge that seems to be plaguing millions of people.