Stress is an almost unavoidable factor of modern living. We are taught by society and advertising that it’s something that comes in from outside of us and is impossible to avoid… or is it? I’m going to fill you in on one little secret that will change the way you think about stress forever, and might even give you a handle on dealing with stress, and make it less of an ogre in your life.
Dealing with stress is all about understanding its very nature, and the way you look at it. At its core, Stress is your reaction to a given situation, in which you are concerned that the outcome will be negative.
Have a think about it. What stresses you? A classic example is being late for work. Many bosses like to give their workers hell about being late, even if what caused the problem was out of their control. So there you are, sitting in gridlock, missing that all important meeting, or even just not being at your desk with that ogre of a boss walks by, checking on you. Is this something you’d be likely to stress over? HELL YES!
Now let’s modify this disappointingly common situation. Say your work had a flexitime arrangement, so it didn’t matter so much if you were late for some reason, as long as you did all your hours. And your bosses were understanding (it’s unlikely but this is a hypothetical, okay?), so they didn’t schedule meetings til 11 am so everyone had plenty of time to get there. Now if you had this arrangement, how would you feel about the near future from your car in that traffic snarl? You wouldn’t be bothered, most likely.
So you can see that Stress is your reaction to what you perceive as an unfavourable outcome to a situation you find yourself in. And therein lies the secret, and the answer. If you do not perceive the situation as stressful, that is, you take a more long term, laid back approach to problems, stress won’t be such a devastating factor in your life. If you consider that the boss will do what the boss will do no matter if you stress or not, and just do your best to sort things out anyway, you’ll feel a lot better about things.
This is all explained in much greater detail in our Anti-Stress Section of the Complete Lung Detoxification Guide Series. But why is reducing stress so vitally important to your chances of success in quitting smoking and detoxifying your lungs?
Why Stress Reduction is Important To Lung Health
·when you stress for extended periods (our bodies are actually designed to deal with short-term stress much better than chronic, long-term stress) it has a wide range of detrimental effects on your body. One major effect in this is Depression of the Immune System. Not only can this lead to more infections, but a raft of other problems, that can significantly slow down your Lung Detoxification progress.
·Stress can ruin your motivation to stay the course, keep looking after yourself, and get lung toxin free.
·The bodies physical reaction to stress can preferentially use up vitamins and other nutritional factors important to Lung Detoxification and repair, reducing the rate at which your detox your lungs.
·Stress can lead you to seek out comfortable habits, of which Smoking is a big candidate. When you are feeling down, tired, stressed out, it’s the time that your defences (and resilience) are at their lowest. This is the time that you are likely to give in and reach for the cigarettes again.
So as Stressing overly is going to put the brakes on your Lung Detoxification progress, you really want to limit negative reactions to your daily trials and tribulations. Stress at its worst can even drive you back to smoking, something you really, really don’t want to do.
In fact we think Stress reduction is so important that we have devoted one whole guide in the Complete Lung Detoxification Guides series to the subject. Why don’t you head over to the sales page and check it out? You’ll be really glad you did.
Until next time,
stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.