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Posted 19 October 2011 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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Managing your stress - Stress management

In these days; many people say they feel stressed - which they consider to be a bad thing. Being stressed is not necessarily a bad thing, because stress is the trigger for adaptation, and as any good scientist knows, adaptation is good. BUT stressful circumstances, being forced to make adaptations can be uncomfortable and NO fun whatsoever. Because we don't like things that are uncomfortable and no fun, we don't like being stressed.

Example: Running three miles is a stressor: thus running can make you feel uncomfortable, and it is not much fun. But running three miles every- other- day will cause positive adaptations and so it is good to be stressed in that way.

So the first point to remember is Stress is good. Even though stress is uncomfortable, Stress is good, because stress is often a stimulant to adaptive improvements.

Strength though struggle!

Second point to remember: Stress must be managed.

Some running is good: more running is not necessarily better.
If running three miles every other day is a benefit: running 26 miles every day is not:
It is too much: it is an over-stressor.

There are three levels of stress to consider:

  1. Not enough stress
  2. Enough stress
  3. Too much stress

Not enough stress causes you to become weaker and deteriorate.

Think how an out-of-work-person, with "nothing to do"- tends to deteriorate.

Enough stress as we have said: is good. But too much stress is bad: Too much stress means:

The intensity, duration and frequency (the total load) of the stressor's has reached a critical point that constitutes overwhelm for your mind- body's capacity to adapt: and so you begin to break down. You must reduce the total load of the stressor's so that you do not go into overwhelm. How can you reduce your total load?

You can reduce your total load of stress by:

  1. Avoiding the avoidable stressful situations
    Don't argue for entertainment value.
  2. Keep out of stressful environments

Keep out of places that are excessively noisy; excessively cold or hot; excessively polluted with bad air (cigarette smoke).

Point three: Recognise that much stress is caused by your own perceptions rather than the facts themselves.
You can reduce your stress by recognising that your own fear thoughts are the cause of much of your own stress.
Stop your habit of focusing on what the media is telling you MIGHT happen in the future.

Remember:

The human brain is programmed by "natural selection" to be interested in possible threats.
The media are paid by the number of viewers they attract.
And so one way to attract viewers is to create multiple "possible threats" scenarios in the minds of the viewers.

SO it can be concluded that: The media are paid by the number of possible threats and crises they can create, in the minds of their viewers.

So you will see the words, Global crises repeated all over the media: You will be warned of:

  1. Global economic crises
  2. Global warming crises
  3. Global poverty crises
  4. Global debt crises
  5. Global climate crises
  6. Global pollution crisis
  7. Global AIDS crises
  8. Global population growth crisis, etc.

The danger is that all these fear / threat stories add to an uneasy sense of alarm that clouds your thinking and weighs you down, emotionally.
So the stress tip is: STOP swamping yourself in the (bad) news media. Instead: read or listen to something more informative and beneficial.

Point four: in order to maintain a high level of performance during stressful times requires energy

Energy is the capacity to do work.
Energy is the stuff of the universe: e=mc2
Manage your own energy levels
Your body requires energy in the form of carbohydrates.

Your body requires nutrition in the form of:

  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals and
  • Water

Your body does NOT require:

  • Mass qualities of fat
  • Mass volumes of alcohol
  • Huge amounts of caffeine, nicotine, cannabis or any other drug
  • Buckets of yeast

In order to manage stress, don't over eat, nor eat badly, nor take drugs. Instead:

  1. Eat well in terms of quality
  2. Eat moderately in terms of quantity
  3. Drink lots of water

Do that, and The Force will be with you.

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