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How Do I Cope With My Stress?

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How Do I Cope With My Stress?

In a previous blog (What is Stress?) I described the three components of stress: (1) a potential stressor, (2) what your mind tells you (your self-talk) about it and your ability to cope with it and (3) a stress response that kicks in if you feel unable to cope with it. When you start to view stress this way you begin to change. You no longer see stress as something that just happens to you, and is beyond your control.  Stress becomes  more than just “bills, traffic, the government,” or other things that exist independently of you. You begin to realize that the way you view these...

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Coaches: Is the Stress of Caring for Everyone But Yourself Finally Getting to You?

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Coaches: Is the Stress of Caring for Everyone But Yourself Finally Getting to You?

Dear Coach, You are kind, caring, and compassionate. You have dedicated yourself to helping others. It is your life’s calling, your mission. You enjoy your work and would rather be doing it than anything else in the world. Lately however, you have been feeling different. Your unhealthy lifestyle is causing you stress rather than making you more stress-resistant. Your runaway mind jumps from one stressful thought to another. You worry excessively and over-think everything, especially the things you cannot control. You feel overwhelmed with responsibilities and demands that leave you exhausted...

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Conquer Stress by Changing the Way You Think About it Free Webinar

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Conquer Stress by Changing the Way You Think About it Free Webinar

To get control of your runaway mind and the stress response it triggers you must remember one thing: The stress response is really a response to threat triggered by your mind. Threat today comes in many forms; a new boss, an unexpected bill, your daughter doesn’t come home or call in by her curfew, you mother slips and falls and breaks her hip, your best friend says something nasty about you on social media, etc, etc. A key first step in learning how to rethink your stress is becoming more aware of what your mind tells you about threat, and your ability to cope with it. What your mind...

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Understanding Unhelpful Stressful Thoughts

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Understanding Unhelpful Stressful Thoughts

The stress response is really a response to threat triggered by the mind. It has been with us since the dawn of creation and has helped us deal with primitive threats such as being attacked by saber-tooth tigers to modern ones like being stuck in rush-hour traffic. Your mind reacts to all threats the same way; it mobilizes energy to fight or flee. In the case of the saber-tooth tiger your primitive ancestors could do either (fight or flee). Once the threat was removed (they killed the tiger or escaped from it) the stress response shut down and after a short rest their bodies returned to...

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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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