"Stress Relief for the Working Stiff,
How to Reverse the Embalming
Are you stressed out with nothing left to give?
It is estimated that as many as 80 percent of physician visits may be stress-related. Without knowing how to reduce stress, we leave ourselves susceptible to life-threatening illness, disease, and just plain unhappiness.
In this book you will discover:
· Why you are susceptible to stress.
· How to apply “quick fixes” and ultimately achieve long term relief.
· How to adjust your lifestyle to permanently take control and live a more stress-free life.
“Stress, like death and taxes, is an unavoidable fact of life. This very readable book addresses and explores the common causes of stress and its serious consequences to our health and happiness. Carol is absolutely right when she asserts that many of our health problems are directly related to stress or our unhealthy ways of dealing with it. She covers healthy ways that have been proven to manage and alleviate stress (even due to death and taxes!). I highly recommend this book to my patients and anyone else who is looking for positive ways to improve their health and life satisfaction.”
Dallas A. Carter, M.D.
Family Practice and Palliative Care Medicine
Medical Director South Coast Hospice
''This is the only book you will ever need to find the reasons behind your ‘STRESS,’ and easy - but practical solutions to throw it out of your life permanently.”
Author, Mental, Physical & Spiritual Health
After surviving a stress-related and life-threatening auto-immune disorder, author Carol Denbow realized the need for public knowledge on the importance of understanding and relieving stress was great, thus setting the path for this book, “Stress Relief for the Working Stiff.” Through extensive research, Carol has regained her good health and now lives a completely stress-free life in Oregon.
The ability to adjust to life and its challenges is more often a learned behavior than a natural response. Our stress response system begins programming into us from the day of our birth. It could be learned from many things, such as parental imprint, our sibling’s influence, or even a childhood illness or trauma.
Stress is created by the way we view things in our lives. The way we view things and express our emotions start at a young age. Some of these things we don’t have the ability to change as we age, but the way we cope and adjust to them can help each of us lead a healthier emotional life.
Chronic stress causes you to be out of balance. Studies show that placing people in stressful situations may jeopardize their ability to think clearly and make correct decisions. One study of elementary school children showed that when confronted with a stressful situation, each child’s IQ was lower than it was before the stressor was introduced.
It has also been shown that our ability to learn and retain knowledge is weakened when we are stressed. Some medical experts feel that chronic long-term stress may even lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
Today’s technology affords us the ability to communicate with each other from anywhere, at any time, through cell phones and computers — in a matter of seconds. Yet if we live in a crowded city environment, we wait endlessly for many other simple necessities. Just to eat a meal out, we wait a half hour for an open table at a restaurant, and to reach a destination only ten miles away, we spend a full hour in heavy traffic. Even though we have made an appointment time, scheduled a week in advance, a visit to the doctor’s office can leave us in a waiting room full of germs for hours. If we weren’t stressed before, we will be after all the waiting and frustration. The accumulation of these little annoyances may be the biggest stressors in our lives.
Those little, persistent, common stress issues related to living in a crowded city environment negatively affect our physical and mental health. For those of us who are not so stress resilient, they can change our personalities and make us impatient, selfish, and hard. A stressful city lifestyle may even contribute to sickness and disease.
It’s not always an option to move to a quieter environment. We have careers and family that may keep us in our existing surroundings indefinitely. Many are not financially able to escape. But taking a break from our busy lifestyles, for a moment, and hour, a day, or a week, is absolutely necessary to reduce our stress levels. The best relief comes from simply getting out of the city. Find a place far away from the crowds, pollution, traffic, and noise of the city where you can unwind and relax your mind and body. If that’s not possible for you, find a quiet place away from your daily stressors and practice some of the meditation and breathing exercises provided in Chapter 7. Try visiting a gym or spa, taking a walk in the park, or spending quiet time with your pet. Put on earphones and listen to soothing music. Make a commitment to yourself to have time alone each day. For more tips on ways to temporarily escape, or change your lifestyle to reduce stress, see Chapter 10.
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