A lot of people, these days, are under stress. This may be for a variety of reasons from unemployment to juggling childcare and work. Our lives have become busier with the advent of new technology. Some of the gadgets that were invented to make our lives easier, such as mobile phones, have actually made our lives more stressful. How many of you can actually say that you take time to switch off and relax? If you are like the majority of the population, you probably check texts and emails on your mobile phone at least once every hour.
You may not even realise that you have a problem. Perhaps you are on the treadmill of life and have become comfortable in you routine. Perhaps you pour yourself a glass of wine when you get home from work each night to relax. This is not healthy, either, and is just a substitute for the inner peace you are subconsciously trying to achieve. You won’t achieve inner peace by drinking alcohol; it may help to relax you, at first, but when it becomes a habit, it can lead to all sorts of problems. Research has shown that people with highly stressful jobs are more likely to become dependent on alcohol.
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Stress is becoming increasingly common these days. This isn’t surprising when you think about all the changes going on in the world. Due to the economic meltdown, a lot of people are worried about losing their jobs, or wondering where their next meal is coming from. Food banks have been set up to help some of the poorest people, but there are others suffering from stress and anxiety who don’t know who to turn to.
Stress is a very debilitating illness. It is something that can be prevented, yet so many people let it get out of hand and this leads to physical illnesses manifesting. At its worst, stress can lead to depression. Depression is a clinical disease, which doctors prefer to treat by referring patients to counsellors; however, a lot of people prefer to take medication. This can lead to dependency. There are some types of depression that are hereditary, or are not caused by stress; however, there are incidences of depression that are a result of a build up of acute stress and anxiety. It is this type of depression that can be reversed using some stress-reduction strategies.
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The word enemy, conjures up a picture in the mind; of an adversary, protagonist or foe who means to do us harm. Or, it is someone to whom we hold feelings of great dislike and animosity towards. When someone thinks about what the word ‘enemy’ means to them; most people would associate it with another person or persons, in their environment. Someone exterior to themselves. Just for a moment, I would like you to think about the enemy within!
What, or who is the enemy within I hear you cry! I believe, that the enemy within is that small persistent, insidious voice that fills your head all day long with thoughts of self doubt; the one who tells you that you are not good enough, pretty enough, clever enough to succeed in your goals and aspirations. The enemy within, is ‘that’ inner voice, people listen to, which causes them to self sabotage themselves before they have even begun. Be it in their personal relationships, work environment or desire to self improve through further education or going for that job promotion at work. Excessive self-criticism tends to backfire, because it leads us to focus on our so-called failures instead of the small ways that we could have improved.
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In these modern times it is easy to worry about all kinds of things, from juggling work and childcare to whether or not you can afford to put food on the table. I know it is hard for many people but, if you can learn to worry less, you will find that your life becomes a lot easier.
A lot of worry is based on fear. Some people say that fear stands for False Expectations Appearing Real. This is true, to a certain extent. When we worry it is usually because we fear the worst. We play the dreaded scenarios over and over inside our heads until we feel physically sick with dread and anxiety. Nine times out of ten, the situation never materialises. It is true that the act of worrying is much worse than the situation you were worried about.
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