Stress Relief – Just Do It

Stress is largely a matter of perception.  That does not mean that you do not have real physical responses.  The stress fight or flight response is very real.  Rather the way you interpret stress is subjective and varies from one person to another.  You can change your stress levels by changing the way you perceive things.  However, what if you no longer notice it?  How can you change your perception of stress if you are so used to living with it that you no longer realise it is there? 

If this is you (and it is probably most of us), then you need to take steps to manage stress on an ongoing basis.  Stress kills.  Forget about it, ignore it, get used to living with high levels of it and you are setting yourself up for serious health problems.    

If you ignored your car for years, you would not be surprised when it started to break down, would you?  Thought not!

So why expect your mind and body to perform optimally when they are bombarded with high levels of stress over a long time and you do nothing about it?  YOU may have become unaware of your stress, but your body has not.  Never forget stress kills.

But there is a problem (or should I say excuse?)  Stress management programs are typically time consuming, expensive one-off events which get you all fired up and motivated.  You may even have to travel out of town to attend them.  Your commitment to stress reduction at the time, is unquestioned.  But after a while, your motivation dwindles and you lapse back into your old lifestyle.  Stress starts to build again. 

So do it differently. Commit to stress reduction.  Really commit.  If you do not reduce your stress levels, no-one will.  And if you are half hearted about stress relief, don’t waste your time starting.  Much better you keep on just as you are and become less and less efficient in your current life until a heart attack or stroke forces you to take an alternative lifestyle.  Assuming you survive that is…

Or you could take stress relief seriously.  Manage it effectively and you will get better control of your time, be more productive and ultimately happier.  Why not start by downloading my
free stress relief tips ebook?

Stress relief.  Just do it.

Author: SOT


4 thoughts on “Stress Relief – Just Do It”

  1. Great post, as always, Susan. I am certain the majority of us do not even recognise the signs of stress and therefore do not do anything to relieve it. If only we all had a ‘loop of leisure’ (palm reading again!)

    Enjoy the journey.


  2. Hi Susan
    Yup, recognise all of thr above.
    I’m down the gym twice a week right now (not before time) and play the guitar as much as possible.
    Nice looking Blog by the way
    Best wishes
    Masterclass 2009

    1. Hi Mike –

      Yes I’m also guilty of not exercising as much as I should. I’m working now on a new mindset which is “Focus on Reward NOT Process”. Actually, that gives me an idea for a new blog post…. 😉

  3. Hi Susan

    Your site looks great, you have certainly put a lot of work and thought into it1

    You can be sure I will be dropping from now and then to see how your doing!

    All the best


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