4. Questions & Answers
What are the early warning signs of stress?
Irritability and fatigue. If you continually feel tired or short-tempered, then you are experiencing stress. If small annoyances make you angry, or if you become upset for no apparent reason, then you are experiencing stress. In other words, if you even suspect you are under stress, then you most certainly probably are. Stress can “sneak” up on you. Often, people brush aside the early warning signs of stress and continue to push themselves on. Finally, the demands made by stressful situations become so great that the body becomes ill at ease, or “diseased.”
The final outcome of stress is a breakdown of the healthy functioning of the body. Be very sensitive to emotional changes and your reactions to your job, family, and surroundings. These types of things can warn us when the stress load is becoming too great.
Can we “eat” stress away? I mean, is a good diet the main thing you need to avoid stress?
Unless you are following a good diet and a regular exercise regimen and a satisfying relaxation program, then you will be adversely affected by stress. Without an excellent diet, however, all the exercise and relaxation in the world will not overcome stress. Until you are well-established on the optimum Life Science diet, then at least make sure that none of the “stress-promoting” foods, such as junk foods, white sugar, white flour, alcohol, and caffeine, are forever eliminated.
You cannot, however, “eat” away stress, “run” away stress, or “sleep away stress. You must combine all three, along with a positive and cheerful mental outlook, to curtail the harmful effects of stress.
Stress can often come about because of changes in your lifestyle—like getting a new job, moving, becoming married, death of a spouse, and so on. In light of this, wouldn’t it be ill-advised for a person suffering from stress to make the types of changes in diet and exercise as you propose?
Most stress that comes from changes in our lifestyle comes about because these changes were made for us. In other words, stress usually arises because we perceive ourselves as “helpless” in face of these changes.
Now, if we make positive changes in our life, as a result of a conscious decision, then we feel that we are in charge of our lives. We no longer feel helpless. We assume control of our destinies. This is one of the greatest values of the Life Science Stress-Management Program. It consists entirely of positive steps that may be undertaken by anyone at any point in their lives.
Not only will these changes reduce stress, they will also increase our overall level of health. If you feel overwhelmed by stress in your life, immediately take a positive, constructive step to improving your life. Start an exercise program. Give yourself a time and place to relax. Improve your diet. As soon as you decide to do one or more of these things, you will immediately lower your stress level. Try it. It works!
If stress is not properly managed, illness, disease, depression, and despondency may result. Because of the many mental and emotional demands made upon us by modern life, all of us are susceptible to stress and its negative effects.
The best defense against stress is a healthy lifestyle and positive outlook on life. The requirements for effective stress management, are basically the same, as those for health and well-being: a sensible exercise program, wholesome and natural diet, and regular relaxation.