Stress Free Living – Ian Powell

This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to deal with stress. You will learn how to be able to tell when you are stressed and not just feeling tired and learn how to take a break when things are truly stressing you out. Not only will you learn how to identify stress and use techniques that will enable you to walk away from them and take a break but you will learn how stress affects everyone differently. For example, did you know that women are more likely to suffer medical complications from stress than men?

The APA (American Psychology Association) has shown the following about how stress affects men and women differently through multiple studies:

28% of women have an 8 or higher point scale level of stress, while men report 20%
49% of women say that in the last 5 years they have had more stress, whereas only 39% of men reported the same.
79% of women report that money and the economy are one of the biggest stress points they have, while 73% of men report the same.
41% of women report emotional symptoms caused by stress, while only 30% of men do.

All of this means that women are not only more likely than men to be under stress, but more likely to suffer short and long term health effects brought on by the stress.

Stress is one of those things in life that everyone has to deal with at one point or another, it is so common, especially in the high octane 24/7 news cycle world we have today that we just accept it. The problem is when we just accept stress as something that happens we start to become complacent and lose track of what other problems stress can cause in our everyday lives.

first step in understanding how important it is to learn how to handle stress is understanding what stress is at its foundation. The bare bones explanation of stress is that it is the way the body naturally responds to a demand that borders on being too much. The demand that can be put on the body can be good or it can be bad, although most often stress is caused by the bad demands. When stress hits the body, it actually produces a chemical that is released into the blood, once these chemicals are released the body gets a boost of strength and energy. This may be good in the short term, but in the long term this can cause health problems.