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Emotional Response to Stress

January 21st, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin

It’s no secret that stress is a major cause of concern for many Americans. In fact, a national survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that one-third of Americans are living with extreme stress, and 48 percent said their stress levels have risen over the past five years.

All of this emotional strife is “contributing to health problems, poor relationships and lost productivity at work,” the APA warns.

What is the cause of all of this stress?

Well, three-quarters of Americans say that money and work are the leading causes of stress, while 51 percent said the housing crisis was also a contributor. Upon closer examination, however, you can find a common thread woven throughout each and every major cause of stress, and that is a loss or lack of control.

This includes such minor things as being stuck in a traffic jam to major things like having no autonomy at work or feeling like you have no control over the economy.

Numerous studies, for instance, link stress-related health problems to low levels of job control.

According to Professor Cary Cooper, occupational psychologist, University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, England, in an interview with Discovery Health:

“Research over the last couple of decades has shown that people who feel they have no control, no autonomy over the job they do in the work place are likely to get a stress-related illness. A perfect example is a car assembly worker. Many blue-collar workers don’t have as much control as managers. However, jobs are now changing. Jobs are insecure from the shop floor to the top floor, so the lack of control and the feelings of no autonomy and no control over the nature of your job are moving up the socioeconomic ladder. And people in white collar, professional jobs are suffering from lack of control as well.”

Meanwhile, a study published in the British Medical Journal even found that low control in the work environment is associated with an increased risk of future coronary heart disease.

Why a Lack of Control is So Stressful, and How to Overcome It

It makes perfect sense that feeling a lack of control would increase stress levels, as with it come feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and frustration.

On the other hand, a key to feeling happy is experiencing ‘flow’ — the elated feeling you experience when you’ve just had a completely gratifying experience. In order to feel ‘flow’ it helps if you:

• Have a purpose: Engage in a challenging activity that your skills are suited for
• Use your skills to pursue a clear goal
• Get immediate feedback on progress toward the goal
• Maintain clear markers of achievement toward your goal

In situations where you feel you’re at a loss of control, however, you are far from reaching these “flow” landmarks.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. By learning to let go using The Sedona Method, you can regain your mental control and reduce feelings of stress at the same time.

Remember that whether or not we appear to be in control, we are never really sure. We can either resist this, fight with it or simply allow what is to be. The more we allow what is to be the easier it is to let go of the feelings that are causing us to feel out of control.

Any time you begin to feel that you are not in control, I suggest you do the following:

In this moment could you simply welcome any feeling of being out of control and then let it go as best you can? The more you let go of that feeling of being out of control, the more you find that you feel in control and you act much more appropriately and feel more in control no matter the outcome.

Letting go of these negative feelings will help you to cope with the situations you once found unbearable, reducing your stress levels and increasing your happiness in all areas of life.

The Sedona Method actually helps you to let go of the actual stressful reactions within your system. It also shows you how to let go of the inner motivators that cause stress in the first place. As you use The Sedona Method, the same situations that are now causing you a lot of stress will become less stressful … If you use the Method enough, you can even get to the place where they no longer produce stress at all.

-Hale