Anxiety, tension and stress are immutable facts of modern life. As the
pace at which we fly through every day seems to become increasingly
hectic, it becomes ever more difficult to find the time and space to
relax, to take things easy every once in a while.
And yet, stress is a recognized killer, a condition that is known to be a
contributory factor to many fatal conditions such as heart attacks and
strokes. As these two conditions are respectively the number one and
number three killers in the USA every year, the importance of dealing
with stress cannot be overestimated.
Most of us have our own ways of dealing with or handling stress but it
does not necessarily follow that we are all good at dealing with the
anxiety and tensions that are part and parcel of everyday living. No
matter who we are or what we do, there are always situations or times
when things seem to get on top of us, when life throws us a curveball
that we just can’t deal with.
In those situations when life seems almost too much to bear, we all
have different ways of coping with what is going on around us. Whilst a
few resolute stoics might be to handle things through nothing more
than strength of character and willpower, the majority of people need
some kind of ‘prop’ to get through times like these.
For some folks, it’s alcohol whilst others turn to cigarettes. For many
however, times of great stress and tension immediately send them
scurrying to the doctor’s office or surgery to get a prescription for
something that can calm them down and make them feel less stressed.
In all of these scenarios, it is a fact that drinking, smoking or even
taking prescription drugs may not necessarily be the best thing for you.
Of course, they may bring a temporary respite from the stressful
situation that you found yourself in, but unfortunately, this respite is
only a temporary. Moreover, more often than not, the stressful problem
comes back with a vengeance all too soon.