Saturday, August 25, 2012


Stress has been called the silent killer, because unbridled run-away stress can have a disastrous effect on our health: heart attack, stroke, diabetes, insanity, certain cancers and other life-shortening human maladies and pesky unpleasant chronic conditions or bad habits often have stress as a significant contributing factor. Yup, stress can kill us, probably won’t kill us, at least not today. But normal everyday stress, or more accurately our reaction to it, will surely cause us grief at times, can make us feel a little crazy once in a while and can make it so we waste a lot of our energy as well as give us plenty about which to worry needlessly. And besides hurting us physically and emotionally, unbridled stress can also ruin our otherwise perfectly good business. We cannot let that happen.

Truthfully, we cannot get rid of all the stress in our life, so we ought not to waste our time trying. Besides we need some stress to motivate us, otherwise we’d never get out of bed in the morning. Clearly we don’t want a level of stress that makes us sick or anxious or worried all the time or the kind that makes us feel like we need to work 12 hour days because that destroys our business.

It would be smart of us to spend some quality time understanding all we can about how the stress in our lives affects us. We’d be doing ourselves a brilliant favor if we’d master effective healthy ways to react to stress. Maybe it’s time for us to build some new life habits particularly concerning what we eat and how much exercise we get. And surely we want to learn to channel our reaction to the pressure, anxiety and tension we encounter into healthy outlets so we’re rarely if ever living in overwhelm mode and freaking out needlessly. And working 12 hours days, who wants that? Yup, dealing more effectively with ordinary stress, that’d be good!

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