In the 21st Century, it is predicted that stress and stress
related illnesses such as depression and anxiety will become
the biggest killers. Despite significant advances in
housing, standards of living, quality of food, and medical
science, the pressures all of us have to face in today’s
world are as demanding as any pressures experienced by our
Why are these illnesses on the rise? And why do some people
become so ill through these illnesses, they can find it hard
Well they sure don’t happen overnight! You don’t suddenly
wake up one morning and feel stressed or depressed. It’s not
like flicking on a light switch! And by the same rule, if
you’re suffering, you can’t just wake up one morning, flick
off the switch and say "Great, I’m better now."
Many people who don’t suffer from these illnesses often say
"Come on, snap out of it."
If only it was so easy! Should anyone say this to you,
please forgive them as it’s just a lack of understanding.
It’s very hard for people to understand how you’re feeling
if they haven’t been there.
The fact that these illnesses don’t suddenly happen means we
can draw some parallels with illnesses such as heart
diseases, some cancers and strokes.
Because these illnesses don’t just suddenly happen either.
If we look at heart disease, it’s often the result of
damaging behaviors practised over many years. Behaviors such
as smoking, lack of exercise and a diet high in saturated
fat. Strokes are a result of similar behaviors and cancers
too, particularly heavy smoking and drinking as you know.
So how do stressful illnesses such as stress, depression and anxiety occur?
Stress is also the product of harmful mental habits and
behaviors. These habits and behaviors are developed and
practised over years – since childhood in most cases. These
are the mental processes that enable us to make sense of our
lives and the circumstances we’re faced with. When we reach
adulthood, we perform them automatically because we’ve
learned these behaviors by repetition.
Think of it like learning to drive a car. Initially, the
skills required to control the vehicle needed conscious
thought. It seemed really difficult didn’t it? But once
we’ve performed them for sufficient periods, we drive on
auto-pilot. We’ve mastered the required skills by
Here’s the key: if we eat healthy food, take regular
exercise, cut out harmful behaviors such as smoking and
drinking, we improve our health and drastically reduce the
risk of heart disease, cancer and strokes. We are repeating
good habits, habits that will give our physical well being a
It’s exactly the same for stress. What’s important to
understand is that not everyone becomes stressed or
depressed – even when tragic and traumatic circumstances
happen to them. Just like people who lead a healthy
lifestyle and avoid harmful habits and behaviors, people
don’t become stressed or depressed because they have learned
effective habits and behaviors that prevent stress from
This is very good news if you suffer from these illnesses.
Because just as we can learn habits and behaviors which
cause us to become highly-stressed, depressed or anxious, we
can learn the habits and behaviors which stop these terrible
illnesses in their tracks. And the more often we make use of
them, we’ll soon begin to perform them automatically and our
mental health will benefit enormously.
No more feeling stressed out. No more feeling unable to
cope. No more anxiety and no more depression. EVER.
I’m living proof of this. For 5 years, a series of traumatic
events sent me spiralling into an anxiety-induced depression
nightmare. I came out of it by learning the natural skills
that starve these illnesses. The more I used them, the less
anxious I became. They’re now as natural to me as driving a
car, and I’ve completely eradicated anxiety and depression
from my life.
You can do it too.
(c) Chris Green - All Rights reserved
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