Sedona, AZ (PRWEB) October 18, 2007
Hale Dwoskin, founder of The Sedona Method and a featured teacher in the #1 blockbuster bestselling book and movie, "The Secret," has just announced the four most dangerous byproducts of high-stress and the #1 stress eraser.
In 1983, Time magazine called stress "The Epidemic of the Eighties." This epidemic, which was noted as the nation's leading health problem two decades ago, has only gotten worse, according to the American Institute of Stress (AIS).
In 1983, a stress survey in Prevention magazine found that 55 percent of respondents felt they were "under great stress on a weekly basis." In 1996, however, an updated survey found that close to 75 percent felt great stress one day a week, and one in three felt great stress more than two times a week. Today, stress is even more prevalent.
Where is all of this stress coming from?
The biggest culprit far and wide is related to one's job. Will there be a lay off? Can the deadline be made? Do coworkers like me? All of these concerns add up to big worry. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:
40% of workers said their job was very or extremely stressful
25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives
75% of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago
Problems at work are more strongly associated with health problems than any other life stressor, including financial or family problems
Outside of job stress, AIS lists several other major life stressors that are impacting not only adults but also children, teens and the elderly:
Increased crime, violence and threats to personal safety
Peer pressures that lead to substance abuse and other unhealthy lifestyle habits
Social isolation and loneliness
The erosion of family and religious values
The loss of strong sources of social support
What are the Impacts of All of This Stress?
If stress is left to spiral out of control, it can impact most every facet of a person's life.
So as one frets about tomorrow's morning meeting at work, they may also find that their related irritability causes an argument with their spouse. It then leads to yelling at the kids, producing a feeling of guilt, and all the while completely forgotting about the roast in the oven, that's now setting off the smoke detectors. Not to mention that ther's also the feeling of being exhausted, flushed, and now the head aches because of the constant grinding of teeth for hours?
Such are the pernicious influences of stress. In fact, a full 75 percent to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are thought to be for stress-related problems, according to AIS.
Not surprisingly, an American Psychological Association (APA) study also found that 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
The Top Dangers of Stress
Although a little bit of stress is natural, chronic stress that never seems to go away can be devastating, and here are the top reasons why.
1. Stress interferes with the immune system. Chronic stress makes a person more vulnerable to catching colds and other infections, while actually impairing the immune system's ability to respond to its own anti-inflammatory signals, according to the APA. This may increase the risk of a host of inflammatory diseases, including allergies, autoimmune diseases and heart disease.
2. Stress can worsen, or trigger, diabetes. When there's stress, the body releases stress hormones that release extra sugar into the bloodstream (so one has the energy to deal with the stress). However, in people with diabetes, who are already struggling with high blood sugar, this only makes controlling the blood sugar more difficult. And while stress doesn't cause diabetes per say, it can trigger it in someone who's already predisposed to the illness.
3. Stress accelerates aging. People with chronic stress are more vulnerable to age-related diseases including mental decline, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and major depression, according to a 2006 study presented at the 114th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Meanwhile, those who were able to effectively cope with stress, slept well and stayed physically active were able to prevent many negative age-related changes.
4. Stress impacts relationships. Chronic stress can result in mood swings, depression, irritability, disorganization, decreased sexual desire, obsessive behaviors and even gambling, impulse buying and other destructive behaviors. All of these things can cause problems with personal relationships.
The Simple Way to Relieve Stress
Many Americans resort to unhealthy behaviors as a way to cope with stress. The top self-sabotaging behaviors, according to an APA survey, include:
Poor diet choices
All of these things, however, will provide only temporary relief, and can make one feel even worse in the long run.
"Most tools for alleviating stress only help you to temporarily move away from the stress or the stressor, or they are only ways to cope with -- not let go of -- the stressful feelings," says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates.
The Sedona Method is a unique stress-relief tool in that it will teach a person how to release stressful feelings so they disappear entirely.
"The Sedona Method actually helps you to let go of the actual stressful reactions within your system," Dwoskin says. "It also shows you how to let go of the inner motivators that cause stress in the first place. As you use The Sedona Method, the same situations that are now causing you a lot of stress will become less stressful … If you use the Method enough, you can even get to the place where they no longer produce stress at all."
"No other tool or technique does this, not yoga nor listening to music," Dwoskin continues. "Plus, you can use The Sedona Method right in the middle of the situations that are causing you stress and immediately feel better and more in control."
Best of all, The Sedona Method is incredibly easy to learn and intuitive to use, so adding it to one's life is simple.
Right now everyone can get the free Insiders Guide to The Sedona Method email course sampler by inputting their name and email in the sidebar on the right at http://www.sedona.com/lp-highstress.aspx.
For more insights on the issue of solitude and related topics, Hale Dwoskin, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Sedona Method, featured expert in the film and New York Times bestseller "The Secret," and CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, is available for interviews. Sedona Training Associates is an organization that teaches courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by Hale Dwoskin's mentor, Lester Levenson. Dwoskin is an international speaker and featured faculty member at Esalen and the Omega Institute. For over a quarter century, he has regularly been teaching The Sedona Method techniques to individuals and corporations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit http://www.sedona.com.