Common Misunderstandings About Stress—Stress Fairy Tale No. 2

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Stress Fairy Tales--Fairy Tale No 2This week, I’m revisiting some popular myths about stress that I wrote about early on in this blog, but that most people continue to misunderstand.

In my first post this week, I identified Stress Fairy Tale No. 1 as the common misconception that stress actually exists (as some type of independent physical/emotional condition) and that it is humanly possible to do battle with stress.  Instead, I reminded you that stress is just a word we use to stand for hundreds of specific problems in our lives, like feeling angry, feeling anxious, having financial difficulties, having conflicts with other people, etc.

Stress Fairy Tale No. 2

Today, I want to focus on Stress Fairy Tale No. 2—the widespread belief that the very best way you can deal with your “stress” is to learn how to properly manage it.  This popular fable goes something like this:

“Stress exists, and if you don’t learn how to do something about it, it’s going to make you sick, ruin your life, and possibly even cause you to die prematurely. To protect yourself from all this doom, gloom, and harm, you should change your diet, exercise regularly, learn to meditate, take up yoga or jogging, learn how to breathe properly, make to-do lists, listen to soft music, take regular vacations, and learn other simple ways to relax and otherwise ‘de-stress’ yourself and relieve unhealthy stress and tension.”

What a great story! 

I’ll bet this isn’t the first time you’ve heard it.  In fact, I bet you’ve heard this story so many times (easily thousands) that you no longer wonder whether it is true or not!  You just assume, like everyone else, that if so many people, including so many “experts,” are telling you the same basic story, it must be true.  Right?

That’s just how it is in our highly-stressed society today.  Most people have already been conditioned to believe whole-heartedly in this Fairy Tale, even though that’s all it is.  I know this from first-hand experience, because I used to believe in this fable too.  Lock, stock, and barrel.

For the first 30 years of my life, I went right along with everyone else and totally believed in this reasonable story.  This is precisely what I was taught to believe about stress in medical school, and then it was reinforced by just about everything else I read or heard about stress as a practicing physician. 

It was also the story I tried to live by in my own life as well.  The only problem was…the more I believed in this popular story, the more I continued to suffer with stress.  It was only when I first began to understand that this story was really a Fairy Tale that my stress levels started to decrease, and they’ve been declining ever since.

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If you’ve been a long-time follower of this blog, you’ve heard me make this point many times before.  If you are new, however, you may not have heard me discuss the ten big reasons why managing stress may actually be bad for you.  I don’t have the space in this short blog post to go over these ten reasons, but you can read about them in Book 2 of my free, four-book Stress Relief Secrets REVEALED library.  Just click on the link at the end of this blog post to download all four of these eye-opening PDF e-books completely for free.

Now, relaxation practices, meditation, yoga, regular exercise, and most other stress management techniques clearly do provide benefits to people who practice them regularly.  So I’m not saying they have no value at all. 

All I’m saying is that when it comes to dealing with stressful problems in our lives, there’s a much better method that is far superior to stress management. I call this approach The Ultimate Method For Dealing With Stress, and once again, you can read all about this method in my four free e-book series.

The widespread misconception about stress management is that it’s an excellent method for dealing with stress.  The truth, however, is that despite all its many positive benefits, it’s actually a very poor method for dealing with stress.  You’ll understand why I say this when you download and read my free, four e-book series, if you haven’t done so already.

In my third and final post for this week, I’m going to introduce you to Stress Fairy Tale No. 3.  This is probably the biggest “whopper” of them all, so please be sure to check back on Friday, October 19, 2012 to learn more about this one.

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To get your own complete download of this entire four-book Stress Relief Secrets REVEALED library, go to and download it right now. Also, when you get these four PDF e-books on your computer, don’t just let them sit there! Don’t promise yourself that you’ll eventually get around to reading them later. That usually doesn’t work, and it’s very likely you will never, ever get around to reading them. And the information they contain is way too valuable and useful for you to miss out on any of it.

Once you do download these four e-books, I’m going to send you an email every day, for the next seven days, to support you in reading them all.

Go to right now and submit your best email address. Then, you’ll get an email asking you to confirm your intentions. When this email arrives (if you don’t see it within 10-15 minutes, check your spam folder), please click on the highlighted link and you’ll go directly to the download page, where all four e-books can be downloaded as one composite .zip file.

Best wishes and happy reading (and learning)!

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