This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to deal with stress. You will learn how to be able to tell when you are stressed and not just feeling tired and learn how to take a break when things are truly stressing you out. Not only will you learn how to identify stress and use techniques that will enable you to walk away from them and take a break but you will learn how stress affects everyone differently. For example, did you know that women are more likely to suffer medical complications from stress than men?

The APA (American Psychology Association) has shown the following about how stress affects men and women differently through multiple studies:

28% of women have an 8 or higher point scale level of stress, while men report 20%
49% of women say that in the last 5 years they have had more stress, whereas only 39% of men reported the same.
79% of women report that money and the economy are one of the biggest stress points they have, while 73% of men report the same.
41% of women report emotional symptoms caused by stress, while only 30% of men do.

All of this means that women are not only more likely than men to be under stress, but more likely to suffer short and long term health effects brought on by the stress.

Stress is one of those things in life that everyone has to deal with at one point or another, it is so common, especially in the high octane 24/7 news cycle world we have today that we just accept it. The problem is when we just accept stress as something that happens we start to become complacent and lose track of what other problems stress can cause in our everyday lives.

The first step in understanding how important it is to learn how to handle stress is understanding what stress is at its foundation. The bare bones explanation of stress is that it is the way the body naturally responds to a demand that borders on being too much. The demand that can be put on the body can be good or it can be bad, although most often stress is caused by the bad demands. When stress hits the body, it actually produces a chemical that is released into the blood, once these chemicals are released the body gets a boost of strength and energy. This may be good in the short term, but in the long term this can cause health problems.

Just some of the short-term and long term health issues brought on by stress include:

Short-term:

Depression
Migraines
Gastrointestinal problems
Headaches
Anxiety
Weight gain

Long-term:

Serious obesity
Diabetes
Alzheimer’s disease
Asthma
Heart disease
Accelerated aging
Premature death

If these short and long term health problems were not enough to make you worry a recent study done by Psychology Today will. While it has long been proven that PTSD is brought on by certain stresses and triggers the recent studies show that long term stress can actually change the structure of the brain. Daniela Kaufer, of UC Berkeley an associate professor of integrative biology preformed a series of revolutionary experiments that showed when there are chronic elevated levels of cortisol (brought on by stress) the brain starts an overproduction of myelin-producing cells which affect the neuron production of the brain. These changes can affect everything your brain does from thinking to decision making and computing. Whether you are a man or a woman it is important to address stress as soon as you know you are dealing with it on a chronic level. If you do not deal with stress you could become depressed or worse.

The good news is that if you learn how to spot the signs of stress and what it is doing to your body and mind you can learn to cope and head off the health problems before they start. This book will set out to teach you everything you need to know about stress, such as the difference between Eustress and Distress and what you can do to cope. Stress is a normal part of life, but you don’t have to let it be a part of your life that causes problems. Once you know how to spot when you are getting stressed out and have the proper tools to handle the different stressful situations that come up you will be able to shake them off. Having these tools will help to make you a more well balanced person mentally and physically.