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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Identifying Sources of Time Stress

Previously, the following were provided as related to stress:  Internal Stress Index, External Stress Index, stress signals and its effects of chronic stress, problem-solving for stress, and identifying the sources of job stress.
  Today’s blog pertains to helping identify sources of time stress or difficulties that some people experience. Source is the Inst. for Natural Resources.  Examples of time stress are as follows:
--My time is controlled by factors beyond my control
_Chronic overload
_Occasional overload
_Alternating periods of overload and under load
_Pressure related to deadlines
_Disorganization of my time
_Separating home and work
_Finding time for regular exercise
_Finding time for daily periods of relaxation
_Finding time for friends, family, vacations
_Saying yes when I later wish I had said no
_Feeling overwhelmed by large tasks over an extended period of time
_Avoiding important task by fretting away time on less important ones
_Unable to delegate because distrust quality of other’s performance
_Unable to delegate, because no one to delegate to
_My perfectionist tendencies cause delays
_I tend to leave tasks unfinished
_ Too many projects going on at one time
_ I tend to worry even when it is not necessary
_Lose concentration while thinking about other things I have to do
_Not enough alone time
 Now that you have identified sources of stress related to time, figure out concrete steps that you might take to deal with or remedy the ones that apply to you.
As you can see by now, living in this century, without stress, is not exactly easy. Life gets complicated and the negative stress we experience is not good for us and interferes with our aging.  The problem of negative stress is our responses to it.  If we do not deal effectively with negative stress, we simply exacerbate the problem.  Symptoms   and ailments are    proof of ineffectiveness.
Some ways to consider in dealing and combating stress and its destructive effects include diet and exercise.  The B. vitamins also help our mind and body cope with stress, while regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise  enable us to meet life’s challenges with a more relaxed and healthy attitude. I am running today, how about you?


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