Saturday, March 8, 2008

Managing Stressful Situations

In our very busy and hectic live style today, we sometimes fail to remember to take good care of ourselves. Because we handled all of these stress events yesterday, last month, last year is no recipe for a healthy, happy quality filled life. Just as soon as our system goes on overload, then all these events PLUS our ineffective ways of coping will come home to roost. By NOT managing stress well and just pushing it to the side, way down, becoming verbally combative and aggressive, we just delay the inevitable attack on our whole body wellness system. We choose these options because we believe they worked yesterday and will work today. WRONG! The following are passages from Dr. James Wilson's book, "Adrenal Fatigue". The very onset for this condition has many components which affect us, including but not limited to, physically, emotionally, psychologically and congentitally. Without the proper strategies for dealing with such things as : powerlessness, perfectionism, constant participation in no win situations, internal emotional stress, negative attitudes & beliefs, marital stress, death of a loved one, financial worries etc.; these are just a snapshot of the many factors which can trigger adrenal fatigue. Remember-all stresses are cumulative and additive in nature. Translation: Whether you recognize them or not, as many as you may have, the intensity and frequency of them, plus the length of time they are present, all combine to form your total stress load.
Being a coach, it is my belief we all need to be very aware and identify the triggers which set us off and be totally honest with ourselves first, before we can begin requesting of others of what all we need. Because over 80% of Americans suffer from some form of adrenal fatigue like Dr. Wilson says, that is a staggering statistic yet testimony to what our new focus of wellness has to be. There is no one size fits all for handling stress yet just acknowledging it is there will help tremendously. Let's be willing to become proactive of developing a game plan for better combined health, as this will be the first step on your road to recovery.

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