Why do people create Unnecessary Stress in their lives?
Why do they choose those actions and paths which increase the distress of stress rather than use
stress as Spice for their lives?
What causes some to live their lives in quiet desperation, within a continuous state of heightened alert, frequently
spiking into the danger zone of overstress?
As Unnecessary Stress accumulates, the body "forgets" what it is like to operate at normal stress levels. It becomes
recalibrated to ever-higher stress levels and wastes enormous amounts of energy trying to maintain some sort of internal
balance which it can never fully achieve.
Eventually accumulation leads to overload and many may drift into anxiety disorders, phobias, panic attacks, and varying
degrees of depression.
The key to understanding why we accumulate Unnecessary Stress lies in the recognition that it is our behavioral and
lifestyle characteristics which determine what we hold on to and accumulate as well as what we let go.
It is within our own unique decision making process where we decide whether a stressor represents danger or a spice.
Remember that stress in and of itself is neither good nor bad untill we attach a meaning to it and the meaning which we
attach is always consistent with who we are.
"Who we are" is a construct of our self-esteem, self-image and belief systems. We can only act or react to any situation
in a way which is always consistent with these constructs. Think of it as a guided missle. Once co-ordinates are
programmed into the missle it can only hit the target coordinates. So it is with us. However we have programmed ourselves
will determine how we act, how we react, how and what we feel, the possibilities which we see for ourselves, and the
limitations which we invariably will place upon ourselves.
Only when we change our own "programming" will we achieve different results in our lives.
Stress research, particularly in the discipline of Premature Aging has identified 6 distinct "Stress Personalities" which
are particularly prone to accumulating unnecessary stress leading to distress. We refer to them in non-medical
- The Pedal to the Metal Personality
- The I feel Mashed Personality
- The Living on the Edge Personality
- The Who am I Personality
- The I'm Worried if I'm Not Worried Personality, and
- The I'm Mr. Lonely Personality
No one person fits perfectly into just one stress personality. Each of us has a dominant stress personality augmented by
varying degrees of secondary personalities.
How these personalities fit together and interact with one another is the recipe of the life which you are living today.
But as we all know, once you change a recipe you will change whatever it is that you are creating. And so it is with your
life. Once you make the smallest of changes to any one of your stress personalities you will change the quality of your
What we hope to accomplish in our upcoming 6 part Stress Personality Series is to help you identify your Dominant and
Secondary Stress Personalities and the interventions which you can initiate to change your life from one of accumulating unnecessary stress leading to distress, to one where Stress becomes the Spice of Your Life!
Article by: Val Zans
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life
which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours." - Henry David Thoreau
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When you Eliminate Unnecessary Stress, you create a life of Balanced Success with
greater fulfillment, love, pleasure, and joy!
So go ahead ... Make Your Day!
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