Episode 2: Getting A Grip On Stress
Stress has been described by the World Health Organization as the health crisis of the 21st Century, and the American Psychological Association has also described stress as a national mental health crisis.
And stress itself is not the killer, it’s usually the toxic levels of cortisol that result from chronic stress. If stress is always elevated, so is cortisol. And yet it’s something that we can also easily vanish completely from our lives.
- Some studies suggest that chronic stress could be claiming more than a hundred thousand lives a year.
- It’s directly related to 6 of the most common causes of death in America.
- It could be related to more than 75% of doctor visits.
There are dozens of different things you can do to manage, to reduce, to tame your stress and I was able to tame mine by focusing on just a half a dozen simple ideas. The first thing I learned was how to differentiate between stressors and stress. Stressors being all those things both around us and in our heads that have the ability to cause us stress. And Stress being what happens when we allow them to come in and take hold, take root,set up home. If we can stop them from coming in, from taking hold, learn to deflect them, stressors are far less likely to mature into stress. Enjoy the episode, and as always, let me know what you think.