Stress Management - How to Break Free From a Stressful Lifestyle
Introduction - Stressed Out?
Just about everyone you talk to nowadays will complain about being “stressed out.” Thirty
years ago, no one ever even used this term. Today, however, it is a staple in most
conversations. We often refer to ourselves as being “stressed out” when we discuss our careers
as well as our personal lives.
Recent studies indicate that even children are “stressed out.” Little kids, who shouldn’t
have a care in the world, are becoming “stressed” due to activities at home or at school. In most
cases, they are simply inheriting the stress from their parents.
Psychologists who deal with “stressed out” individuals blame the current situation on
everything from the foods we eat to our society. Most agree that people today attempt to do “too
much” and end up getting burned out.
We all experience stress during the course of our lives. There is a difference, however, in
being constantly stressed out and experiencing stress due to a certain situation. Anything that
dramatically disrupts our lives is a cause for stress. Most people recover from the stressful
situation after it has been resolved or over a period of time. Other people tend to get stressed
out all the time.
In fact, their entire life appears to be one big stress factory. This is unhealthy and is
gradually taking its toll on our society. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on symptoms of
What has happened in the past thirty years that has caused us to become such a nation of
stressed out individuals? Is society expecting too much from us or are we expecting too much
from ourselves? Why are so many people suffering from the following?
Social Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
There are dozens of prescriptive medicines on the market today that address stress and
anxiety. Millions of people are on some sort of medication for “stress.”