Stress: Are You in Denial?-00-725

By: Pat Patrickson

Many people seem to think that the stress they experience is "normal". They refuse to accept that stress is taking a toll on their bodies, their health and their capabilities.

Unless you acknowledge the presence of a problem, you cannot move towards any solution or improvement. This rule does not only apply to addicts, but to any chronic problem that needs to be addressed. While you are in denial, the symptoms continue to spiral out of control, gradually becoming worse.

The first step is to be honest with yourself. Would you classify your current behavior and health as normal? If you are constantly tired, it is not normal. If you are constantly on edge, it's not normal either. If you cannot sleep it is definitely not normal.

The next step is to try and determine the extent of the problem. How does it affect you as a person? What is the effect on your body, your capabilities, and your performance at work? How much of it does your family have to absorb? Listen to your family: They bear the brunt of most of your stress, and will be able to give you honest feedback.

Once you have determined the extent, you can decide on a course of action. Depending on the amount of stress you have to deal with, you may want to consult a professional, or simply take up meditation. You may simply gather some more and make a few changes to your lifestyle. The choice is yours.

Do not let your family suffer because you are not willing to acknowledge the amount of stress you have to cope with. Modern day life has become incredibly stressful, and it is no shame if it gets to you. However, it is a shame if you do not deal with it, letting others pay the price for your denial.

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