The Fuel of Stress, Anxiety and Depression
In the 21st Century, it is predicted that stress and stress
related illnesses such as depression and anxiety will become
the biggest killers. Despite significant advances in housing,
standards of living, quality of food, and medical science,
the pressures all of us have to face in today's world are
as demanding as any pressures experienced by our predecessors.
Why are these illnesses on the rise? And why do some people
become so ill through these illnesses, they can find it hard
Well they sure don't happen overnight! You don't suddenly
wake up one morning and feel stressed or depressed. It's not
like flicking on a light switch! And by the same rule, if
you're suffering, you can't just wake up one morning, flick
off the switch and say "Great, I'm better now."
Many people who don't suffer from these illnesses often say
to sufferers: "Come on, snap out of it."
If only it was so easy! Should anyone say this to you, please
forgive them as it's just a lack of understanding. It's very
hard for people to understand how you're feeling if they haven't
The fact that these illnesses don't suddenly happen means
we can draw some parallels with illnesses such as heart diseases,
some cancers and strokes.
Because these illnesses don't just suddenly happen either.
If we look at heart disease, it's often the result of damaging
behaviors practised over many years. Behaviors such as smoking,
lack of exercise and a diet high in saturated fat. Strokes
are a result of similar behaviors and cancers too, particularly
heavy smoking and drinking as you know.
So how do stressful illnesses such as stress, depression and
anxiety compare? Stress is also the product of harmful mental
habits and behaviors. These habits and behaviors are developed
and practised over years - since childhood in most cases.
These are the mental processes that enable us to make sense
of our lives and the circumstances we're faced with. When
we reach adulthood, we perform them automatically because
we've learned these behaviors by repetition.
Think of it like learning to drive a car. Initially, the skills
required to control the vehicle needed conscious thought.
It seemed really difficult didn't it? But once we've performed
them for sufficient periods, we drive on auto-pilot. We've
mastered the required skills by repetition.
Here's the key: if we eat healthy food, take regular exercise,
cut out harmful behaviors such as smoking and drinking, we
improve our health and drastically reduce the risk of heart
disease, cancer and strokes. We are repeating good habits,
habits that will give our physical well being a huge boost.
It's exactly the same for stress. What's important to understand
is that not everyone becomes stressed or depressed - even
when tragic and traumatic circumstances happen to them. Just
like people who lead a healthy lifestyle and avoid harmful
habits and behaviors, people don't become stressed or depressed
because they have learned effective habits and behaviors that
prevent stress from arising.
This is very good news if you suffer from these illnesses.
Because just as we can learn habits and behaviors which cause
us to become highly-stressed, depressed or anxious, we can
learn the habits and behaviors which stop these terrible illnesses
in their tracks. And the more often we make use of them, we'll
soon begin to perform them automatically and our mental health
will benefit enormously.
No more feeling stressed out. No more feeling unable to cope.
No more anxiety and no more depression. EVER.
I'm living proof of this. For 5 years, a series of traumatic
events sent me spiralling into an anxiety-induced depression
nightmare. I came out of it by learning the natural skills
that starve these illnesses. The more I used them, the less
anxious I became. They're now as natural to me as driving
a car, and I've completely eradicated anxiety and depression
from my life.
You can do it too.
Chris Green is the author of the new book "Conquering
Stress", a special program which will show you how to conquer
stressful illnesses such as depression, anxiety, panic and
worry permanently and without taking powerful drugs. You can
learn more about this new book and purchase it at www.conqueringstress.com
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