Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Stress is Toxic

The problem with stress is that it is a physical and emotional reaction to a problem or series of problems that can, when dwelt upon, seem like all of life. When we direct our energies only toward coping with stress, crises and plugging holes our bodies remain in a heighten state. This is very dangerous and counterproductive for our mind and body. More and more of us are faced with “urgent” issues at work and home. Some days it can feel like we are only putting out fires. There is a temptation to think that if we keep all the fires out we are doing a good job. The trouble with this is that we can become so vigilant at looking for fires and putting them out, that we take little or no time preventing them and taking care of ourselves. I don’t see this trend slowing down or reversing. If we think that life is going to get easier, we are naive. If we don’t try to have some control over our lives we are in denial. Either way, we are not in a good place and over time we will be eaten away and warn down.

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