Is Stress Ruining Your Life?  Don’t Allow It!

Do you have difficulty making decisions? Do you feel usually unsettled and from time to time completely irritable? When you stop and consider it do you know of any underlying logic of anxiety or worry that permeates every part of your life?

If you're nodding your head to all or most of the above questions then you may be suffering from chronic stress. 

Although the word stress is often heard its far reaching long term harm is little appreciated.  Letting it keep happening builds invisible barriers in your life and limits your capability to just enjoy life and your capacity to express emotions and appreciate chances.  If a sense of stress becomes the norm instead of the exception you are at risk of inflicting serious harm to your health and limits to your upcoming happiness. 

Consider this - Picture how different your life would be if you only went ahead with decisions and when you made those decisions they didn't come back to haunt you.  Imagine how much more energy you would have to enjoy activities that you put off now, since you ‘don't feel up to it,' or you 'simply have to get some extra work done.' 

Don't worry if you feel all of the above is pertinent .  In fact, you are the only one facing these stressful situations.  Stress and anxiety are very common in competitive environments and most workplaces.  Regrettably nowadays we're bought up to believe that a person should be seen to succeed at everything and that one should be able to buy all the latest products and gizmos in order to have short-term enjoyment in person’s life. 

With this sort of daily pressure to face it's not by accident that such conditions as IBS, chronic backache, migraine, depression and psoriasis are on the raise in our hi-speed, consumer oriented society.  Reasonably when we fall prey to these conditions we look for our physician's recommendation, who will undoubtedly prescribe a drug regime.  This traps you in a syndrome of dependency on drugs and feelings of disaster for the reason that you're not able to cope with life like everyone else would normally be able to. 

What can you do to stay away from the Stress Trap? 

The simple answer is to see the art of living consciously and being self-aware in the right way.  Rather than continuously going over thoughts in your head that mention your mistakes and what everybody else is thinking, ask yourself several helpful questions. 

You could begin by posing the question: 'How am I contributing to my feelings of stress?' This can lead you to inspect what precisely you're telling yourself in your head and noticing whether it's of value or helpful. 

Then maybe check if you're tensing up your body anywhere.  All of the sudden, you may be aware that whenever you talk to a certain individual you are unconsciously tensing up your neck and shoulders. 

Now check whether you're usually picturing things going wrong, or rehearsing arguments to have or how to defend yourself. 

Changing the way you think might appear subtle but it has far reaching effects.  First of all, it puts you back in control and makes you focus on the here and now instead of racing off into your own make-believe land of failure. 

Other key steps to the road of recovery and life improvement consist of: 

Recognize your present feelings - being aware is the first step to a succeeding recovery process. 

Get help - looking for support isn't a sign of weakness but a step of growth.  Talking with a therapist, friends or family about your worries and frustrations is a great way to relieve emotional tension and brings a sense of relief - you're not by yourself. 

Learn how to relax - we so frequently feel that lying inert in front of the TV of an evening is relaxing, but it isn't.  Your mind and body need the benefits of useful relaxation methods such as deep breathing, calm moments of mental space, and regular exercise.  The resulting energy and clear head thinking you'll experience will make it worthwhile. 

Doing any or all of these exercises will help you regain control and begin to create the life you were meant to have.  Why wait any longer?  Do it now and don’t let stress ruin your life!  Instead, make the best of your life!