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Written by Kim Allen Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:00
We've come to take stress for granted. It's an inevitable part of life so we complain, adapt and accept more and more stress as the way it is. We're turning into stress athletes using today's stress as basic training for even more tomorrow. No pain, no gain. Until everyday stresses accumulate to a level that hurts our health, damages our relationships, compromises our performance and reduces our overall sense of well-being. Ouch!
When did we forget that stress is the body's way of telling us something is out of kilter? Take this short 'stress test' if you're still not sure it's time to stop all the talking and do something about it.
Low stress levels
Moderate stress levels
High stress levels
Now don’t get stressed out about stress! Remember, stress is not the event (the traffic, the deadlines, the stock market, etc.), but your negative reaction to it –how you feel– that does the damage. And your reaction is something you can change. Next time you're annoyed or irritated or angry don't just talk about it, do something: Focus on the area around your heart, take a deep breath and recall a positive time in your life. Shifting to a positive emotion is fast and an easy way to change your forecast!
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