Introduction - Stressed
Just about everyone who 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
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 stress. 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.”
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:
• Anxiety disorder
•Social anxiety disorder
•Obsessive compulsive disorder
Years ago, no one ever even heard of these conditions, now they are featured in every magazine you encounter.
There is a huge market to treat both depression and anxiety, which usually go hand in hand and are the offspring of
Pharmaceutical companies are cranking out different anti-depressants all of the time. These are said to be
‘better” than the other anti-depressants that they discovered a year prior. Thirty years ago, no one ever even
heard the term “anti-depressant.” If you used that expression back then, people would think you were talking about
something to do with your car.
Today it seems as if every single person you encounter is “on something” for stress, depression or anxiety. All of
them can neatly be lumped into the same category and are caused by stress.
Stress is usually at the root of all of the above psychological disorders. It also affects us physically as
well. Stress has been linked to every disease known to man, including heart disease and cancer. Clearly, it is not
a good idea for people to be under stress. But, as human beings, we are going to experience stressful situations.
There is no avoiding this fact. Therefore, in order to really be able to help cure ourselves from being “stressed
out” we need to know how to do the following:
• Identify stressors that affect our daily lives;
•Eliminate the stressors of which we can free ourselves;
•Learn to deal with stressful situations in a healthy way
If you are one of the millions of people who are feeling stressed out, you must take a look at the reasons why
you are stressed out and try to do what you can to eliminate as much stress as you can from your life. If you
continue to be “stressed out” you will most likely find yourself taking some sort of prescription drug for one of
the above disorders. Taking prescription drugs for stress does not mean that you are “crazy.” This book will
discuss alternative ways to deal with stress, but as a last resort, you are better off with the medications than
allowing your body to be battered by stress.
Life is way too short to go through it being stressed out. And chances are that you will shorten your lifespan
significantly if you continue to be “stressed out “ through the daily course of your life. This is especially true
as many of the things over which you may be stressed are minor, but have been blown up in your mind to be worse
than they actually are.
Wouldn’t it be nice to actually be able to go through life without being “stressed out” over everything and
without drugs or medications? This book will teach you everything you wanted to know about stress and how you can
avoid this scourge that seems to be plaguing millions of people.