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Naturopathic Stress ReductionStress Part 2 - Your Triggers

Stress Triggers. Stress is usually caused by something. Identifying that something is an important step in understanding how to decrease unwanted stress. After all, if you don't know where you're going, how do you get there?

Take some time to write down the things that you feel are stressful in your life, and rank them from the bad to the baddest. External things that might act as stressors include: where you live or work, people (e.g. coworkers, family), finances, traffic, unpredictable events... and the list goes on. Internal stressors may include: illness, unrealistic expectations, negative attitudes & feelings, irresponsible behaviour, and poor health habits.

Your Response to Triggers. OK, so you have your ranked list, now what? You can't really stop working or make irritating people go away, so what really needs to change is your response to these stressors. Your response is what determines whether stress becomes unhealthy! You can learn to reduce the degree to which things stress you out, and thus minimize the negative impact stress has on your health. Sound easy? It depends, but be prepared for this process to take a lot of effort, and expect changes to occur over a long period of time. It probably took you years to reach this state of habitual stress, so it's not going to go away in just a few days.

Curbing that Response. There are relaxation techniques and opportunities that you can learn and incorporate into your life. The next page will list some things you can do. There are many suggestions, so pick the ones that suit you most, but also give some of the other ones a try before you say 'no' to them. You might surprise yourself! Also, really be aware that this is a process that will take time, and a commitment you are choosing for yourself. Who will take care of your health if you don't?

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