Stress Less & Enjoy More

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Stress Less & Enjoy More: Self-Help Facts; Problems; Solutions

Do you want to stress less and enjoy your life more fully?  Consider these facts, if you’re still not sure.

Stress Facts

  • 75% of the general population experiences at least “some stress” every two weeks (National Health Interview Survey).
  • Every week, 95 million Americans suffer some kind of stress related symptoms for which they take medication.
  • The American Medical Association has noted that stress was the basic cause of more than 60 percent of all human illness and disease .
  • The stress hormone cortisol not only causes abdominal fat to accumulate, but it also enlarges individual fat cells, leading to what researchers call “diseased” fat.
  • Chronic stress floods the brain with powerful hormones that are meant for short-term emergency situations. Chronic exposure can damage, shrink, and kill brain cells.
  • Researchers “Nature Neuroscience” Ferguson and Magalhaes have discovered a biological link between stress, anxiedty and depression. The linking mechanism in the study involves the interaction between corticotropin releasing factor receptor 1 (CRFR1) and specific types of serotonin receptors (5-HTRs). The chemical connections is real.
  • Your body’s reaction (s) to negative stress can include but not limited to: anxiety, anger, fatiuge, dizziness, heacaches, chest pain, aches and pains, grinding of teeth, sexual difficulties, sleeping problems, cold sweaty palms, inability to concentrate, elevated blookd pressure, change in eating habits, indigestion and upset stomach.

Wow! If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, Stress is NOT something good to have in your life. But how do you get rid of stress? What can you do to remedy the disease?

Take Action Tips

  1. Decide to Dump -You need to want to dump the junk keeping you stressed. The first step is always deciding you don’t want the negative effects any longer, and being willing to get rid of the root cause of your pain.
  2. Visit your Visualization -Next step, visualize the experience of your new feeling. How do you want to feel? You have to dream it to achieve it.
  3. Be a 2 Minute Volunteer -Throw perfume or throw manure, whatever you throw at someone else has to stick to you first. If you want more peace, give it away first. Listen to a friend, speak an encouraging word, write a note of thanks, give away a smile.
  4. Step into Silence -The classroom of silence is the place to hear loudly those messages you most need to speak. Pray in humility for the courage to remove stressful people, places, and things in your life.
  5. Laugh out Loud -Laughter is a great medicine without any side effects! Laughter releases feel good endorphins all through your body to help the healing process. Have a sense of humor in the horror.
  6. Smell the Roses -Engaging your 5 senses reduces stress in a powerful way. Breath deeply, smell the soothing scent of roses, replenish your spirit with the peaceful perfume of nature.
  7. Write your Grateful Gifts List - Grateful keeps you focused on the positive which makes you feel hopeful good, vs the negative, which makes you feel nasty bad. Keep you list handy when you don’t feel that great, to help you shift the gears in your mind.  Begin with 3 things you love about being you.

Replace those negative stress hormones which make you feel sour, with those sweet feel good endorphins right away.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu

Remember –  you’re worth the effort!


Deb Scott, BA, CPC
Deb is Author of the 2 x National Award Winning Book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue – turning your upside down world right side up!, a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the hit new Best People We Know Show! On Blog Talk Radio. Self Help Radio.
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  • RehabCenterNet

    Not surprised that stress causes diseases. Don’t worry about tomorrow, today has enough!

  • Melissa zoske

    Great advice and article! Just deciding that you want to change is such a huge first step and deciding which is first makes it so much easier! Great suggestions…Love it! Thanks for sharing. I think everyone should print this one out and post somewhere as a reminder. Write your Grateful Gifts lists are my favorite! When you focus on those it almost always calms me down. I posted an article on my site a while ago about stress and how negative emotions effect your life if you would like to read it Take Care!

  • Catherine E. White

    Great suggestions. And don’t forget physical exercise as a great stress buster, just get out there for a nice walk, go to the gym, play some kickball, stretch into some yoga, or dig into some down and dirty yard work. You’ll be doing yourself a stress relief favor. That will be a favor for everyone around you too. Stress makes people crabby and spreads like a wild fire!

  • Sage Bramhall

    Deb, this article is so true. I stayed in that constant state of emergency stress that it literally almost killed me. I’m so blessed with people like you and Carl and meditation to have come so far. Gratitude journals are wonderful ~

  • Mande

    Great iinshgt. Relieved I’m on the same side as you.

  • Linda Joy

    Deb, great list of tips. Love #7 which I’ve been doing for years – helps to keep focused on all the blessings we have all around us. As always love your insights

  • MELISASource

    Very good tips here! One of the greatest lessons that I’ve learned in a way to stress less is exercising the power to say ‘no’. It is in my nature to be helpful and many times I take on a so much that before I know it, my plate is beyond full and I’m uber-stressed. Once I started declining things and holding myself back on taking on everything that came my way, I started to live a much less-stressful life. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • greensky

    YOU are so amazing Sumner!
    That’s why YOU have a BestSelling book on how to eliminate STRESS!!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Love and gratitude,

  • Sumner M. Davenport

    Great points, Deb.
    Stress is such a constant in our lives, that many people have (erroneously) accepted that it’s normal – just a part of life. The truth is – that we do have control of our relationship with stress.
    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu

  • Arlett from Chasing Joy

    I wrote a post all about Joy Thieves if you are interested.

  • greensky

    Love it!! We need to trademark that one :)
    Continued blessings with big gratitude for you – keep sharing your shine!

  • Arlett from Chasing Joy

    I love your destress tips. My favorite is removing stressful people, places, and things from your lives. I call theme Joy Thieves because they steal your Joy. I also like the Greatful Gifts list. If you are busy being thankful and counting blessings you don’t have time for stressing or self pity.