Coping With Stress: The Problem With Stress Management (Part 2)

by Doc Orman, M.D.

In my previous blog post, The Problem With Stress Management (Part 1),  we identified that even though stress management has many positive and healthy benefits, it also has significant drawbacks, such as:

  • Being time-consuming
  • Requiring long-term dedication and commitment
  • Offering limited benefits

I also mentioned, at the end of that post, that we had yet to discuss the biggest disadvantage of managing stress.

Biggest Disadvantage

Most people intuitively understand that managing stress is not our best coping option.  The reason we know this is because, for the most part, managing stress only deals with just the symptoms of our problems.

Most of us understand that if all we do is manage the symptoms of our problems, these problems will continue to bother us until we finally do something about their underlying causes.  However, we are not “allowed” to think this or say this out loud.  If we do, the stress management police will immediately descend upon us and brand us as some kind of “kook” or disruptive influence.

Yet, managing just the symptoms of our problems is a type of societal madness that we’ve all become accustomed to.  It’s a modern variant of “The Emperor Has No Clothes” syndrome.  We know that managing stress is a problematic coping strategy, yet we are constantly told that this is what we should do, and that only a fool would question such sound advice.  Give me a break!

I’ve spent the past 30 years teaching people how to eliminate stress without having to manage it.  And when they learn how to do this, most people prefer this new approach to going back to stress management.

That’s because most people know that it’s almost always better to make stress go away by addressing its underlying causes.  This is usually a much more satisfying and rewarding outcome, and one that continues to pay dividends as time goes on.

Stay tuned to future posts on this blog to learn more about how to relieve stress without managing it.  Also, if you haven’t signed up for my free monthly email newsletter, do this right now by entering your name and primary email in the sign up form (under the video) on this page.  This newsletter will provide you with ongoing training on how to recognize and deal with the underlying causes of your stress.



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