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                                                      To Stress Or Not To Stress!
                                                               By Linda Woods

    Stress. It's that six-letter word that manages to track us down and leave us with either a pounding
headache or a glazed look in our eyes as we stare with absent abandon at the television screen.
Stress can strike all age groups at the most unexpected times. Some people thrive on stress and
others crumple at the smallest obstacle in their path. There's a happy medium to be found and ways of
dealing with stress are as varied as the types of stress out there. You're certainly familiar with work
stress. That's probably the most common reason for stress in the first place. But did you know that
there is also relationship stress and child rearing stress?

Stress affects our body in many different ways. Just because you don't work on Wall Street doesn't
mean you can't also suffer from stress in the home. Many mothers suffer from the daily stress of
raising children and making sure that their kids stay on track. Does that make their stress any different
from that experienced by a stockbroker? What about the stress caused by the need to pay bills with
money you don't have? Stress is stress, no two ways about it. But stress caused by different factors
can affect the body in different ways. Stress from a high pace job may result in ulcers while stress
caused by daily child rearing activities can result in a pounding headache.

A certain amount of stress is actually good for us. It keeps us adaptable and on our toes, and prepares
us to cope with unexpected events. Successfully dealing with stress can improve our health and self
esteem. Stress is our body's way of reacting to pressures or responsibilities that may seem
overwhelming. A first day on the job may be a huge stress for many people, while others thrive in the
new experience and challenge. Stress is often capable of laying us low or causing depression if not
addressed in a timely fashion. For some, stress is a part of daily living. At its most basic level, stress is
our ancestral way of dealing with danger. We react to stress in a 'fight or flight' response, and for the
most part, it's merely dealing with new situations in a calm, rational manner. For some, stress initiates
an accelerated heartbeat, sweaty palms and trembling hands. Those symptoms are caused by
adrenaline being pumped into your bloodstream. Even if the situation isn't dangerous, glucose and
fatty acids are also increased, in order to provide our body with adequate levels of energy just in case
we need to make a quick escape.

Most stressful situations, at least those encountered on a daily basis, won't require a dash to escape,
even though you may want to. Finding ways to deal with stress in your own way, one that works for
you, is the key to managing stress before symptoms start to affect your health. Too much stress is bad

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for you, so it's up to you to determine how best to relieve your stress so you can enjoy your life.

The next time you encounter stress, stop. Find a place where you can be alone (whether it's your
cubicle, the water cooler, in your car or in the bathroom). Just find a place, shut your eyes and breathe
in deeply. Listen to your body. Feel the physical sensations as your breath moves in and out. Focus
your attention inward. Try to relax. Every breath you take in can relax another muscle, another joint,
another cell membrane. Spend a few moments in stillness. When you open your eyes, you will be
surprised at how refreshed you will feel.

Linda Woods is a freelance writer and radio talk show host with a focus on healing, self-help and
empowerment. Intention is everything. Get the latest information about stress relief at Be sure to check out our stress pages.

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                                                       Your Work and Your Stress
                                                            By Catherine Pulsifer

Your Work and Your Stress
 by: Catherine Pulsifer

We all want less stress in our lives. Do you think today's workplace is to stressful?

I know at times it may be difficult to accept, but, you and only you can control your stress.

Stress is not only created by how we see a situation, but also how we react to it. We do, in fact, control
our own stress. So, if you are feeling "stressed out", you are responsible for creating that feeling.

I am not saying there are no situations which are stressful. What I am saying, however, is that how you
choose to react to those situations will determine your own stress levels. These reactions will affect
how you behave, how you communicate with those around you, and how you respond to your
customers and clients.

When I start to feel stress, I ask myself a question: "how much will this matter in five years?" In the
majority of cases, it doesn't matter. It is amazing, how this one, simple question can change your
thought processes, and lower your stress levels resulting in less stress.

Another technique I use when my job seems overwhelming is to keep it all in perspective by saying to
myself: "My job is important but it only forms part of my life - it is not my entire life." So, by thinking this
way, I am altering my thoughts from one where my job controls and rules my entire life to one where I
realize my job forms only a part of my life's equation.

So the next time you feel your job is causing you stress, ask yourself how am I reacting? You may find
that it is not your job creating the stress but you are creating the stress.

We all need some stress in our lives, but less stress is better than more stress!

Catherine Pulsifer is one of the authors of Stress Less Country - a lifestyle change! A journey to a
simplified lifestyle - visit the site for a collection of articles, thoughts, quotes, and stories on: simplicity,
stress, gardening, recycle & reuse, country crafts, saving money tips, and Atlantic Canada.

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