the kiss of death or the spice oflife. The issue, really, is how tomanage it. Managed stressmakes us productive and happy;mismanaged stress hurts andeven kills us.
Myth #: Stress iseverywhere, so you can't doanything about it.
Not so. You can plan your life sothat stress does not overwhelmyou. Effective planning involvessetting priorities and workingon simple problems first,solving them, and then going onto more complex difficulties.When stress is mismanaged, it'sdifficult to prioritize. All yourproblems seem to be equal andstress seems to beeverywhere.
Myth #: The most populartechniques for reducing
Several Myths surround stress.Dispelling them enables us tounderstand our problems andthen take action against them.
Myth #: Stress is the samefor everybody.
Completely wrong. Stress isdifferent for each of us. What isstressful for one person may ormay not be stressful for an-other; each of us responds tostress in an entirely differentway.
Myth #: Stress is always badfor you.
According to this view, zerostress makes us happy andhealthy. But, Stress is to thehuman condition what tension isto the violin string: too little andthe music is dull and raspy; toomuch and the music is shrill orthe string snaps. Stress can be
stress are the best ones.
Again, not so. No universallyeffective stress reductiontechniques exist. We are alldifferent, our lives aredifferent, our situations aredifferent, and our reactions aredifferent. A unique awarenessof the individual, their needsand strategies that addressestheir needs in a holistic way, isappropriate
Myth #: No symptoms, nostress.
Absence of symptoms does notmean the absence of stress. Infact, camouflaging symptomswith medication may depriveyou of the signals you need forreducing the strain on yourphysiological and psychologicalsystems.
Myth #: Only majorsymptoms of stress requireattention.
This myth assumes that the"minor" symptoms, such asheadaches or stomach acid,may be safely ignored. Minorsymptoms of stress are theearly warnings that your life isgetting out of hand and that youneed to do a better job ofmanaging stress.
Myth #: Only high fliers getstressed.
- If you haverecently lost your job and areworried that you may not makethe rent this month, you willknow this is not true. Even thehappiest events like the birth ofa baby son or daughter oftenleaves the happiest of newmothers feeling pressured.Anyone can get stressed and atany stage of their lives.
Myth #: Stress relieftechniques work universallyfor everyone.
– Just becauseyour best friend finds yogadeeply relaxing, and your sisterfeels at her most calm whilstpounding the streets at 6 a.m.on a 5-mile run, does
meanthey will work for you.If you hate sports and yoursister loves them, and if yourbest friend can tuck her feetbehind her head and you have
Stress Myths> Stress is the same foreverybody> Stress is always badfor you> Stress is everywhere,so you can’t do anythingabout it> The most populartechniques for reducingstress, are the best ones> No symptoms, Nostress> Only major symptomsof stress requireattention> Only high fliers getstressed> Stress relieftechniques workuniversally for everyone
Guide 20:Stress Myths
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‘Dispellingmyths enablesus to understandour stressproblems andtake actionagainst them”