Is Stress Good For You?
At the risk of over-simplification, stress exists for the purpose of keeping you alive – stress is our “Hazard Awareness System”. When we anticipate a perceived position of threat or danger, we physiologically prepare for a short, sharp burst of energy to facilitate an initial advantage in the actions of either “fight” or “flight”… That short, sharp burst of energy and acuity may literally be the difference between life and death…
Perhaps this concept has been lost in evolution…
The (modern?) problem arises when that short, sharp burst becomes residual – when that tension in the muscles – and other drastic physiological and mental changes – become prolonged… When stress – intended to be temporary in nature – becomes chronic… No longer life-saving, this residual accumulation of stress becomes life-threatening. Take a moment to reflect below, on the Results of The Mental Health Foundation‘s 2018 study – an online poll undertaken by YouGov, and the largest known study -to date – of stress levels in the UK…
- In the past year, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope.
- 51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious.
- 37% of adults who reported feeling stressed reported feeling lonely as a result.
- 46% reported that they ate too much, or ate unhealthily, due to stress. (After smoking, obesity is the second biggest controllable cause of cancer.)
- 16% reported that they started smoking, or increased their smoking.
- 29% reported that they started drinking, or increased their drinking.
- Of the people who said they had felt stress at some point in their lives, 16% had self harmed, and 32% said they had had suicidal thoughts and feelings.
- 49% of 18-24 year-olds who have experienced high levels of stress, felt that comparing themselves to others was a source of stress.
- 36% of women who felt high levels of stress related this to their comfort with their appearance and body image, compared with 23% of men.
- Younger people have higher stress related to the pressure to succeed. 60% of 18-24 year-olds and 41% of 25-34 year olds cited this, compared with 17% of 45-54’s and 6% of over 55’s).
The harsh reality is clearly that you are not alone – according to additional figures released by The Health and Safety Executive, 12.5 million working days were lost – in the UK alone – to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the year 2016/17. The estimated annual cost of work-related stress, anxiety and depression to the UK economy is £5.2 billion pounds….
You’ve had enough! It’s beginning to take its toll on your health. Your relationships… You’re simply overwhelmed. You’re done with the constant frustration. The paralysing helplessness, loneliness, and the sleepless nights. (47% of people lie awake at night worrying about the events of the day.) The doubts and insecurities. You’ve had enough of your little voice telling you that “you’re not good enough” or that “you just can’t do this…”
You wake each morning – directionless – dreading the rigours of the day ahead? You are drowning in a sea of conformity and mediocrity?
Stress is literally killing you…
Something needs to change! If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got. You need a different perspective, or, as Einstein says, “a different level of thinking.”
But you are different. Unique. Special. So why choose to live your life on other people’s terms? You know that you are destined for something greater.
What would it mean to you, to be living life on your terms? How would it feel to wake each morning – reinvigorated with a passion, a purpose, and a keen sense of anticipation for the day ahead?
How does it feel to know that today you are going to be making a difference, and that you are living the life that you were always destined to live? How does it feel to radiate energy, confidence and vitality?
Free from debilitating stress…
“Change is inevitable – personal growth is a choice.” (Bob Proctor.) Do you settle, or do you choose growth? You have a decision to make, and, as Tony Robbins says, “it is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” You can choose to reinforce your excuses, or you can make a decision, and start NOW, to take action towards the life of your dreams – armed with the techniques to manage your stress.
It’s time to show stress who’s boss!
Make a decision. Shape your destiny. Cut through your excuses and design your new life.
Or don’t – the choice is yours…
- “When I contacted Colin I was having serious problems in my life, my work was causing me a great deal of stress and I felt helpless in being able to tackle the situation. The transformation has been dramatic , I am a far more confident and decisive person , I am more aware of my surroundings and how I can control my emotions in difficult situations. I have a new enthusiasm for life and credit must go to Colin for helping that transformation to happen.”
- “Colin was amazing. He helped me to put my life on track. My life was a mess and he gave me clear goals and helped me to go through, I am very thankful to him for that.”
- “I met Colin when I was feeling stuck and unable to see a way to change my life. He has helped me to identify my desired outcomes and I am now working successfully – with his support – towards my goals.”
Apply for your complimentary breakthrough session, here… and let’s put stress in its place… It’s time to realise your potential… It’s time to show stress who’s boss!
Have a GREAT day!