Are you stressed out?
Do you feel totally overwhelmed on a daily basis?
Are you having trouble sleeping?
Is it hard for you to concentrate?
Is your energy level low?
Are you finding yourself eating too much or drinking too much?
If you answer yes to the above questions, you may be suffering from stress.
The dangers of prolonged stress have been studied for decades and we know that cumulative stress can cause a multitude of health problems including heart disease, cardiovascular illness, lower back pain, and other serious illnesses.
And secondary stress, like second hand smoke, can cause others close to you to experience the symptoms of stress that you may be feeling.
A recent study which was featured on WABC showed how researchers studied stress among mothers by exposing them to stressors and then measuring various physiological symptoms of stress.
After being stressed, the researchers then observed measured stress among the children of the experiment’s subjects.
Not surprisingly, the youngsters exhibited symptoms of stress when they came in contact with their mothers.
So, in short, mothers who are overwhelmed with stress seem to transfer these feelings and the symptoms that go with their stress on to their kids. This transfer may be conscious or unconscious. This phenomenon will need to studied further to determine how this process works.
When a person is overwhelmed with stress, it is likely that family members, coworkers, spouses and friends feel the impact of your feelings on a psychological and emotional level. Just think about your life for a moment and you will see how your “bad day” can impact those close to you. Likewise, if your spouse has a “bad day,” you are apt to feel the effects of his or her turmoil.
The findings of the above study make sense and they also point out the importance of learning how to manage stress more effectively,
Moreover, these findings remind me of something I observed many years ago when I used to do a bit of dog training.
Frequently, a stressed out dog had a stressed out owner. It seemed that the pet owner modeled or communicated a lifestyle and way of being to his or her pet.
Some years ago, I developed a three CD program on with thirty nine tools, techniques and strategies for managing stress on a daily basis. In some instances, I have taught these techniques to whole families because I recognized that the stress was impacting everyone within the family system.
So, learning to manage your stress is probably good for both you and for your family members.
Simple things that you can do to lower your stress include: daily exercise, a sound diet, self-hypnosis, meditation, visualization, contact with nature,and regular contact with optimistic fun loving people.
Author Bio: Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist and a Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist. He has appeared in major media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN and Good Morning America. You can get his simple, comprehensive stress management program here: http://stayinthezone.com/shop/manage-stress-with-self-hypnosis-meditation-visualization/
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