Stress Management

What is Stress?

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What is Stress?

What is stress? Is stress good for you? Is stress really harmful? How much stress is too much? Part of the reason people have a hard time answering these, and other questions about stress is because stress means different things to different people. The first step in stressing less and living more is learning what stress really is and why it is bad for you.   FORGET EVERYTHING you’ve ever learned about stress because most of it is outdated and confusing rather than helpful.   Stress is the combination of three things; (1) a potential stressor, (2) what your mind tells you...

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What is Your Mind Telling You About Stress?

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What is Your Mind Telling You About Stress?

Stress begins and ends with what your mind thinks about stress. Your mind constantly talks to you about threatening things (potential stressors)  and your ability to cope with them. Sometimes what it tells you is an accurate picture of the threat they pose and your ability to cope with it. Most of the time however, your mind is not thinking clearly about stress and your ability to cope with it. This usually happens because your mind is focused on unhelpful and outdated thoughts and feelings about stress from the past or worries about the future. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and...

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Rethinking Potential Stressors

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Rethinking Potential Stressors

Stress is a combination of the three things; (1) a potential stressor, (2) what your mind tells youabout your ability to cope with the threat, harm, or loss associated with it and (3) a stress response that kicks in if you feel unable to cope. In this post I’d like to focus on the second component of the definition, what your mind tells you about your ability to cope with the threat, harm, or loss associated with potential stressors. Becoming more mindful of your use oflanguage, in particular your self-talk about stress is a key factor in learning how to conquer your stress. There is a...

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Don’t Miss the Relax Away Your Stress Webinar

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Don’t Miss the Relax Away Your Stress Webinar

If This is You:   You want to relax but just don’t know how. Your body aches from stress-related muscle tension. Your mind races from thought to thought and worry to worry. You suffer from nervous energy that makes it impossible to relax. You are all wound up at bedtime and have a hard time getting to sleep   If you answered yes to any of these questions : WATCH THIS FREE WEBINAR REPLAY BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW!! Watch Here In my  Relax Away Your Stress-Related Tension and Nervous Energy  Free Webinar you’ll discover:   what true relaxation how to lead with your...

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Diaphragmatic Breathing and Stress

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Diaphragmatic Breathing and Stress

Breathing is the basis for both life and all relaxation activities. The simple practice of being more mindful of your breathing can help you relax. When you practice diaphragmatic breathing your mind slows down as you focus on your breathing and stop criticizing, analyzing, and worrying so much. The parts of your brain that control breathing are intimately related to the parts that control the stress response. Controlled, deep, even breathing facilitates relaxation. Rapid, shallow, irregular breathing disrupts relaxation. One of the main cues for understanding whether you are stressed is the...

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Tense, Tired, and Can’t Relax? Help is Just a Breath Away!

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Tense, Tired, and Can’t Relax? Help is Just a Breath Away!

Just breathe… One of the first signs that you are stressed is a change in your breathing. You’ve probably noticed that when you are stressed, your breathing becomes shallow and irregular, almost like panting. This happens because when you are stressed you only use a portion of your lungs. You tend to breathe with just the top third of your lungs. The rest of your lungs get squeezed out of the process and rob you of vital oxygen and energy.   This happens because when you are stressed, tension causes your diaphragm and the muscles in your abdomen to work against each other....

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