Stress Relief Principle #3: Stress Mastery vs. Stress Management

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Previous Stress Relief Principles:

Stress Relief Principle #1: You Are Not The Problem

Stress Relief Principle #2: Stress Is Just A Word!

 

In previous posts, I highlighted some of the problems with stress management (Part 1, Part 2).  In this post, I’m going to briefly discuss the important distinction between stress mastery and stress management.

Dealing Mainly With Symptoms

As we noted in the second post (Part 2) about the problems with stress management, the most serious disadvantage of managing stress is that most (but not all) stress management techniques  deal mainly with just the symptoms of our day-to-day problems.

While stress management techniques, such as relaxation, yoga, meditation, and physical exercise all have many positive, health-enhancing benefits, they usually don’t help us make our problems (i.e., stress) go away.  As long as we depend primarily on these (or other) symptom-oriented coping strategies, we most likely will continue to experience recurrent problems/stress in our life.

Dealing With Underlying Causes

Stress Mastery, on the other hand, focuses on recognizing and then dealing with underlying causes.  Obviously, it’s much better to deal with any problem in life this way.  However, most people find it hard to eliminate stress by addressing underlying causes.

There are several reasons why people find it difficult to both recognize and deal with the underlying causes of their stress.  Some of these reasons are:

  1. We have many myths and misconceptions about what really causes our stress to occur;
  2. We have been conditioned to focus mainly on obvious, external causes, and to ignore the equally important internal, non-obvious causes;
  3. We haven’t been trained to recognize the internal causes of our stress;
  4. We haven’t been trained in what to do about these hidden causes, once we correctly identify them.

It’s Not As Hard As You Might Believe

Remember how I told you that you’ll need to get beyond some of your deeply-held beliefs in order to achieve personal breakthroughs in your ability to reduce or eliminate you stress.  Well, it’s actually much easier to recognize and deal with the underlying causes of stress than you might currently believe.

You just have to have the right mindset and guiding principles.  You also have to have some tools, techniques, and other helpful strategies.

The purpose of this blog and my Stress Mastery Academy is to provide you with this type of ongoing education and training.  Please take advantage of all the many free educational resources, in addition to this blog, that I have created for you.  If you haven’t already done so, make sure you sign up for my free monthly Stress Relief Insights Newsletter.  Each month, I’ll cover one major hidden cause of stress in much more detail than I could in a short blog post.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please download and read the series of four free introductory stress mastery trainings that I’ve also prepared for you. You can download the first of these PDF trainings right now (no email required) by clicking on the following hyperlink Common Myths About Stress.  This first PDF reviews some of the basic information we’ve already touched on in this blog, but the three additional PDFs go into much more depth about the hidden causes of stress, including what they are, where they come from, and some specific examples to help you better understand how they operate.

In the very near future, you’ll also be able to download and enjoy three additional free PDF e-books that I will be making available exclusively on Facebook.  Stay tuned to this blog for announcements when each of these free publications becomes available.

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