Got Stress?—You Are NOT the Problem!

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Stress is not your faultI originally published this post on September 16, 2011 under a slightly different title.  I’m updating it and revisiting it today for two reasons.  First, it’s an extremely important message that everyone needs to hear. And it’s so incredibly important that even if you’ve heard it before, you can’t really hear it often enough.

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 point.

Updated Post [With Additional Commentary]

Most of us experience stress from time to time. Perhaps you’re having problems at home or too many pressures or responsibilities, either at work or at school.

Or maybe you’re feeling tense, anxious or irritable much of the time. Or you suffer from headaches, backaches, indigestion, insomnia or some other physical problem that is either caused by or aggravated by stress.

I’m going to assume that if you’ve ever struggled with stress in your life, you’ve probably been told that the best way to deal with your stress is to learn how to manage it.

Stress Management Is NOT the Answer

If you’re like me, however, or like most of the patients I treated in my medical practice, you’ve likely discovered that managing stress is a losing proposition.

Why? Because, no matter how much you try to relax, or how many miles you run, or how many vacations you take, stress just keeps on happening in your life. And simply trying to relax a little bit more, or otherwise using stress management techniques, rarely gives you the long-term relief from stress and tension that you want. [Bottom line: we all experience stress, and most of us have been disappointed with the results of stress management. Now here’s the key point to be aware of…]

YOU Are NOT The Problem

Well, here’s some news…YOU are NOT the problem!

You may be surprised to hear this, but the primary reason why stress keeps happening, over and over again, is not because you are unable to get rid of it.

It’s because you and I live in a world where stress is profoundly misunderstood.

Widespread Myths About Stress

Let’s take a look at three common [but mistaken] beliefs about stress.

Please review each of the statements below and decide if each is true:

1) Stress is something that actually exists.

2) The best way to deal with your stress is to manage it.

3) Stress is primarily caused by external events, situations, and demands in your life.

Most of us have been taught to believe that all three of these statements are true. Actually, they are all myths, but very few individuals know this. [Bottom line: you are probably 10 times more able to deal with stress than you give yourself credit for…and it is these myths…not YOU or your coping abilities…that are keeping you stuck!]

So if you recognized one or more of these three popular notions about stress to be FALSE, you should congratulate yourself.  You are part of a very small group of people who have the courage to question the popular wisdom about stress that prevails today.

As you follow this blog, I will explain in future posts why all of these popular beliefs are actually myths, and what you can do to combat them. [Knowing how to counter each of these myths, plus several more, is one of the key skills you will need to fully access your natural abilities to free yourself from stress.]

But if you’d rather not wait, and want to get this important information right now, simply download my 30-page free PDF training Common Myths About Stress by clicking on the highlighted link. No email or registration of any kind is required.

When you click on the link above, you’ll be able to immediately access and begin reading this eye-opening stress mastery training. [NOTE: This PDF is part of a  four-part introductory training series on stress mastery that I offer totally for free. If you haven’t read this first PDF before, you really should download it and read the whole thing.  If you like what you learn here, be sure to sign up to receive the other three parts, which are also completely free to you.]

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psychologist in gurgaon June 21, 2012 at 6:21 AM

As everyone has it own unique response to stress, there is no “one size fits all” solution to managing it. No single method works for everyone or in every situation, so experiment with different techniques and strategies.


Doc Orman, M.D. June 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Agree. Thanks for the comment.


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