Totaly Stressed-out

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    Aug 24, 2008 7:32 AM GMT
    OK - Lately it's been Hell at work, needless to say I have been totaly stressed-out. When I wake-up in the morning I'm sore from head to toe and it feels as if I either need a total body massage or a visit to the Chiropractor. My neck is cracking and popping, my hips pop as well as my ankles and knees. I thought yoga would be a good way to help me relax and and release the toxins. Any ideas?
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    Aug 24, 2008 7:40 AM GMT
    Funny you should mention it...cuz that is the featured topic on RJ's homepage when you enter the site:

    Positive Pressure: Make Your Stress Work for You

    http://realjock.com/article/1206


    And it has related articles listed at the end:

    Fight Stress with Food: Five Steps to a Calmer, Healthier Life
    Fat Factors: Sleep, Stress, and the Weight-Gain Connection
    Stress and Gay Men: Beating Back the Beast
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    Aug 24, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    Try this book: "How to Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You," by Albert Ellis, Ph.D, Citadel Press. I'm reading it now and so far it's really good.
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    Aug 24, 2008 8:40 PM GMT
    Caslon - thanks! I didn't even see the current topic until you pointed it out to me. LittleDude - looks like a good book - I will definately read it!
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    Aug 25, 2008 12:56 PM GMT
    My workdays have been 9AM to midnight for the last week and will be for the next two and a half weeks. I started feeling it a few days ago in my hip and my shoulders. With limes being as fresh as they are this time of year, it is tough to not just ease up with a pitcher of gimlets.
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    Aug 25, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidMy workdays have been 9AM to midnight for the last week and will be for the next two and a half weeks. I started feeling it a few days ago in my hip and my shoulders. With limes being as fresh as they are this time of year, it is tough to not just ease up with a pitcher of gimlets.


    I hear that! I live next to wine country with some fantastic wineries just over the hill from my house - it's difficult not to have a couple glasses of Pinot... although I know that really won't relieve the stress!
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    Aug 26, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    Go with the Yoga it's a GREAT way to relive the "stress" as well as a different way of working out!!!
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    Aug 27, 2008 12:02 PM GMT
    Since 'stress relief' is now an industry, there are so many ways of dealing with it.
    The problem is that often somebody finds a way of dealing with stress that works because it is a distraction that works for them personally. Unfortunately, rather than focusing on the fact that stress relief is commonly dealt with through distraction it is presented as the specific task as being a stress reliever.

    There are several basic ways to deal with stress.
    Prophylaxis
    This can be done with exercise as long as there is not a significant mental component (in the sense that you don't want to add to the stress or counter the physiological effects of exercise.)
    Removing or reducing the cause of the stress. While this may not seem to be possible, there are often ways to reduce the cause when elimination isn't possible. The most common problem here is the "I have no choice." defense and until you realize that you always have a choice, you will not be able to address it from this perspective.
    Chemically it can be addressed, though this should be avoided except in extreme cases, where there is clinical control, as it's an ideal breeding ground for addiction.

    Distraction
    Exercise, sports, hobbies, creative endeavors, sex, dancing, etc.

    Addressing the Symptoms
    Chemical such as tranquilizers or CNS depressants (benzodiazepams, alcohol etc,) These tend to work fast and as already stated, unless there is control, can (not necessarily do) lead to addiction.
    Removal of the stress causing task/situation. This is as before not always possible but there are often alternate approaches that stress will blind the subject to.

    Some people thrive in a stressful environment. It is not a virtue though and shouldn't be thought of in that context. There is, therefore, no shame in not being one of those people. It often requires a good deal of strength to realize and accept it. There is a sociological pressure that creates an environment of rewarding those for whom deal with stress more easily as a virtue. It is irrelevant as problem solving is the issue and not the addition of unrealistic pressure. (e.g. if your a surgeon, you may have to deal with an extraordinary problem in the middle of an operation. Knowledge of the task at hand is whats needed to address this, not 'the ability to handle stress.')

    These are the tools. It is a matter of how you use them for your particular situation. Every situation requires a 'hand crafted' solution. Anyone who says "All you need to do is...." is usually way off the mark.
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    Aug 27, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    bgcat - some great tips and insight!

    I've finally realized that being stressed-out is not a good thing for me - I get really cranky, my work suffers and I get critical with my partner. I would prefer not to "medicate" myself since coming from a medical family I have seen what can happen when people become dependant on chemicals.

    I like your concept that I have a choice whether to accept the stress or not. I also need to realize just how much of my stress I am creating myself - this is stress that I can definately control. I've noticed that when I work-out my body feels better from the physical exercise - but it doesn't do anything with my mind, hence my thought of combining a regular work-out with yoga. Relaxing both the mind and body...

    I realize I can't alleviate all the stress from work since my job is both budget and timeline driven - but I do have the power to control how it affects me.

    Thanks!
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    Aug 30, 2008 8:00 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidPerhaps learn some meditation techniques. When you learn and master them they're free. I highly believe in reducing stress with meditation.


    Much - thanks for the tips - my In-laws are Buddhist and I'm sure they have some great meditation techniques.