The quickest and easiest way for you to start reducing some of the stress in your life is through understanding what stress is – with understanding it gives you some degree of control over something that presently seems to control you.
Because stress is such a vast subject area, you find snippets of information everywhere, but never really get the full story in one place.
Finding a clear meaning for stress that you can comprehend and relate to is difficult as there are numerous variations on the definition of stress (understandingly because stress is such a big subject) – and because stress affects your mind as well as your body, articles and reports you read in newspapers and magazines tend to concentrate on one element of stress – rather than the whole biology of it – it’s no wonder there are conflicting ideas and such variation on the subject.
What does stress mean to you?
Stress to you right now may still mean anger, frustration, chaos, tension, anxiety, or your stress may even be in the form of panic attacks or depression.
Your stress could be blamed on the office environment, or your trip to work, people, your home, your family – you may feel it all the time, in the repetitive voice in your head, in your neck ache or in the pounding in your head.
Yet despite all the millions of stress specific websites online and articles in the media, usually in the form of ‘work makes you stressed’ or ‘take a long hot relaxing bath’ or ‘take it easy’, there is a real lack of uniformed, factual and accurate stress education that is freely available – Stress isn’t something that’s openly discussed either, it’s seen as a weakness, a failing in life, and the real facts that explain why you get the strong emotions, feelings and physical symptoms of stress are best sourced in scientific studies, medical papers, journals, and professionally written books. Read more...