This Stress Is Killing Me!
An interesting study just released this week
showed that, all other factors being equal,
people who believed that stress was having
an adverse effect on their health had double
the risk of heart attack compared to
people who did not believe that stress was
having an adverse effect on their health.
The Self-fulfilling Prophecy
So if you think that the stress you’re under
is going to kill you, you’re probably right.
But if you think the stress you’re under
is not going to kill you, you’re probably right.
Better read that again.
Stress Is NOT The Problem
Psychologists have been telling you
for decades that it is not stress that
is the big problem for you…some
stress is actually normal and healthy.
It is your reaction to the stress that
is or can become the problem.
Which is awesome is you think about it,
because although we have little control
sometimes (okay, a lot of the time!)
over the stressors in our lives,
we have incredible amounts of control
over how we choose to respond to the
stressors…positive stress management!
Learn How to Manage Your Stress
The take-away from these newest research
findings continues to validate what we know:
that spending time and resources learning
how to better manage stress can positively
contribute to health outcomes.
If you know you need to learn how to manage
stress more effectively, check out these links
below, or consider working with a therapist
who can personally evaluate how you are
doing now and work with you to develop a
toolbox of coping skills for dealing with stress.
There is no need to fear the stress!
Links for Stress Management:
Stress Information Sheet from The American Psychological Association
18 Ways to Manage Stress from PsychCentral
4 Ways to Deal with Stress from the American Heart Association
8 Proven Ways to Manage Stress from The Mayo Clinic