Common Myths About Stress

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Common Myths About StressI originally published this post on March 9, 2012 under a different title.  I’m updating it and revisiting it today for the same two reasons that I mentioned in my previous post this week (Got Stress?—You Are NOT The Problem).  First, it’s an extremely important message that many people need to hear, and it continues to expand upon the discussion that I started in my previous post.

The second reason is that I’ve added a flower image that will enable me to publish this blog post, for the very first time, on Pinterest.  This way, I hope to expose many more people than previously to this very important content.

Updated Post [With Additional Commentary]

What Are Your Beliefs About Stress?

In previous posts, I covered some basics about how beliefs can lead to stress, and how some beliefs [including beliefs about stress] are better than others.  Today, I want to explore two additional questions: 

  1. What are your personal beliefs about stress?
  2. How good are your beliefs at helping you eliminate stress? 

Some Beliefs About Stress Are Better Than Others 

While mistaken beliefs [about many aspects of life] are often at the bottom of most types of stress we experience, we can become doubly penalized if we also fall prey to mistaken beliefs about stress.  These mistaken ideas can include fundamental misunderstandings about what stress really is, where it truly comes from for human beings, and what our best options are for dealing with it. 

For example, do you subscribe to any of the following beliefs about stress:

  • Stress is something that actually exists.
  • Human beings frequently suffer from stress.
  • Stress is an inevitable, unavoidable aspect of modern life.
  • The best way to deal with stress is to manage it.
  • Some stress is good or healthy for us.
  • Stress is a motivator that makes us more productive.
  • It’s not really possible to live your life mostly stress free. 

If you believe in any of these mistaken notions about stress, you’ve unfortunately been hoodwinked by popular attitudes that are not very helpful.  Even though millions of people have been brainwashed to think about stress in these ways, you don’t have to continue to be one of them. 

You can reject any of these commonly held beliefs, anytime you want.  And you are always free to replace them with better ideas about stress, whenever you come across them. 

There Are Absolutely Better Ways To Think About Stress 

If you’ve been following this blog, or if you subscribe to my free monthly newsletter, you’ve already been introduced to many of the antidotes for the above listed false beliefs about stress. 

If you are relatively new to this blog, I encourage you to go back and review some of the earlier posts. 

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