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Stress…

Image and quote re: reality and stressLet’s face it.  It’s an incredibly stressful world we all live in.  Earthquakes.  Tsunamis.  Drought.  Reactors in Japan that leak.  Food that’s been irradiated.  War zones.

And that’s not even factoring in the individual stress in our own lives…

So, we’re individuals living in crisis, in a world that’s in crisis.

That’s stress.  No matter how we slice it, no matter how we may try to avoid it, we cannot escape the reality:  we’re living in a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams.  And we’re all affected by it, whether we think about it or not.

Stress is probably the one thing that unites all of us, regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, political beliefs, religion, and age.  Or any other measure you care to choose.

In fact, according to the World Labor Report by the U.N.’s International Organization:  “Stress has become one of the most serious health issues of the 20th century and a worldwide epidemic.”

Stress is kind of like  death and taxes.  No one gets to avoid it.  No matter what our age is, we all get our share of stressful events.

Image and quote re: stress and attitudeBut it’s how we handle it that matters.  And if we ignore it… and let it accumulate, and run roughshod over us…. we can be in for a very nasty ride…

Did you know…. scientists have discovered how stress – in the form of emotional, mental or physical tension – physically reshapes the brain… and causes long-lasting harm to humans and animals.

Or, how about this – in a culture where everyone wants to live to a ripe old age, but no one wants to get old:  in highly stressful times, your real age can be as much as 32 years older than your calendar age.  (Talk about fast aging).

In Canada, 27% of Canadian workers (that’s almost 3.7 million working adults) described their lives on most days as ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely’ stressful (according to the 2010 GSS – General Social Survey)… and about 4 in 10 of these reported stress outside their work as their main source of stress.  Another  46% (6.3 million) reported feeling ‘a bit’ stressed.

That’s a whopping 73% of working adults reporting some level of daily stress in their lives.

Image and quote on health costs, related to stress

In the US,  $40 million of prescription pharmaceuticals are spent on stress related drugs, for example for depression, anxiety, sleep, etc.

But though they assist many with getting through each day, they don’t teach people how to get off the meds and live less-stressed lives.

Recent stats also show more than half of Americans say they get little or no help managing stress from their providers of health care, according to the annual survey from the American Psychological Association.  (By anyone’s standards, those are pretty abysmal stats).

Furthermore, from the Stress Less website come the following facts about stress in the U.S.:

IImage and quote on stressStress is linked to the six leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. (“The Stress Solution: An Active Plan to Manage the Stress in Your Life,” Lyle H. Miller, Ph.D. and Alma Dell Smith, Ph.D.)

Stress is a major contributor to physical and mental problems: with more than 40 different medical diagnoses directly attributable to stress, including hypertension, joint disorders, asthma, and colitis.

Approximately 50 % of all admissions to a medical facility are the result of stress.

Image and saying about ending stress.More than half of all deaths between the ages of one and 65 result from stressful lifestyles (according to the S. Center for Disease Control).

The Stress Less website states:  “Somehow our health-care system is not focusing on [stress]….It’s waiting until everybody is sick and then handing out biomedical interventions to help you with your disease, so we’re left with more people getting chronic illnesses unnecessarily and increasing health-care costs.”

What’s wrong with this picture?  Is that all we can expect from our health care specialists?  That we have to wait until we get sick, and then they give us some pills for the sickness that was caused by stress?

Image and quote re Einstein's problem solvingHow about treating the underlying stress to reduce the impact of an illness….

Or, here’s an idea – what about treating stress early on, to avoid the illness in the first place?

We all need a new way of reducing our stress levels.  One that relies on our own inner resources, and promotes changes in our stress levels that last.

I’ve had over 30 years of studying stress, and the impact on humans.  As a therapist, I’ve worked with young children, families, adults and elders… mostly at the extreme end of the stress spectrum.

Image and quote on resilience.So I’ve witnessed a lot of significant stress… as well as the resiliency of humans in overcoming it.  And, my own personal passion is learning about and understanding human behavior about what makes us tick.  Particularly in stressful situations.…

I’ve also searched long and hard to find the best tools possible, to assist in developing our resiliency, and reducing our stress.

Some of what I’ve discovered, is that the wiring in our brains contributes to the challenges with releasing stress.  This is a place where science and psychology are finally coming together, to inform us.

I’ll be sharing more about this in other blogs.  For now, it helps to know there are ways we can change our brain by entrainment, and by accessing the states of consciousness in our brains that help us bypass our usual challenges with creating lasting change.

On this site, you’ll find tools that can inform and assist with reducing your stress, in ways which (in my experience) are much easier, and faster, than engaging in “talk therapy”.  These tools are focused on using sound, your own sound (ie your voice) to release stress…

Image and quote about MasteryYou won’t need to study 25 years in an ashram or with a Master.

You won’t require a degree in anything to understand or to feel the difference these tools can make.

You also won’t need to take my word for it, or anyone else’s.

These tools put you in your own driver’s seat, in terms of supporting your accessing your own inner, innate wisdom.

To read more about this site, you can go here

Or to read more about me, and my background, go here

Tor check out more of my blogs, go here

To find out more about some of the sound healing tools, and try listening to some of the tones in our tele-seminar series, go here

 

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