Breathe in some fresh air. Develop a list of medicines and cures, and everyone will be living a life of push-button health.

Stress, a mental and physical condition about which little is positive, productive, or desirable, creeps into life uninvited and unwanted and often remains unnoticed for a time.

* Take power naps if you can. You can add to this list anger, jealousy, hurt, and a dozen other negative emotions.

Some say they work better under pressure. Even as the medicines got better, diseases caused by stress, tension, and modern living grew only worse.

A hundred years ago people began to believe that medical science was the answer to the quality of life. The briskness, the serenity, the freshness of early mornings really have something to say about it. The truth is, those who choose to live with their stress have taken the first major step toward ill health through the misuse of their minds and emotions.

Symptoms typical of stress include apprehension, distress, anxiety, strain, tension, frustration, worry, and depression . While discussion of the subconscious is not pretty ubiquitous in society, how to properly work with it is not–and awful lot of “snake oil” remedies have been foisted on the public in this area.

Plan your life, control your time, master your emotions, and you will constantly be in the state of achievement. Stress is believed to trigger 70% of visits to doctors and 85% of serious illnesses. People who can successfully handle such circumstances have a positive outlook toward their outcomes. Clearly, they are major obstacles to your personal effectiveness, and they are conditions you want to eliminate.

This is why I have been formulating a 90-day system of 16 sessions on conquering stress, with my unique Positive Personal Modification Therapy, the same system that has been so successful for my clients over the years. Here’s a tip: If you add a little lemon to your water, it makes it more interesting.

Worry, fear, anxiety, tension, depression, and the other symptoms of stress are all affected by the way you use your mind and body. I know that means getting up a little earlier. That might be difficult for some at their places of work, but a 20-minute nap really recharges and refreshes one’s life. There are so many other tips I could provide, ways to take charge of one’s life. It takes some discipline just to walk. As I mentioned, to implement a permanent change, you need to reach into your subconscious because you will not change until you do. Stress is self-created and self-perpetuated.

How many of them have you experienced in the past week? Not one of these mental and physical experiences would you consciously choose if you knew you had a choice. It is called the “flight-or fight” response. You do have the choice of how often and to what extent you experience these symptoms of stress, but it is safe bet that no one has shown you why or how.

Think of your physical system as a great potential store house of energy, like a huge battery storing electricity. Obviously, this is a condition that occurs rarely for most of us during our lifetimes.

That reaction began with your ancestors, and most of us have not gotten over it yet. Edward Strecker and Kenneth Appel in their book Discovering Ourselves. Disease is a result of stress, not its cause. Open up your favorite search engine and enter “jokes”–find a site where you can go every day to read a few jokes. People in their normal state are not constantly operating under tension and anxiety.

* Drink a big glass of water every morning. All humans are born with this instinctive reaction, and we are not alone. But these are only temporary measures, anyway, effective for a short time. Dictate the outcome in circumstances that you can control, and don’t worry about that which you cannot control. It is healthy. And, to borrow a clich, that is more easily said than done.

“It is the series of shocks or a long-continued single emotional strain like worry or apprehension that finally breaks us,” said Drs. “Stress is not something external but a product of the mind.”

But when your body starves for water, then your organs and brain struggle, which aggravates your stress. My life surely has taken an upward swing since I started doing that.

(Yes, there is also positive stress, a condition endocrinologist Hans Selye coined as “eustress.” For example, when an athlete’s muscles tense while playing tennis or other sports, the temporary tension is positive and automatically under control. Take a night to go to a comedy club. (Be careful there, though–some do not find those kinds of emails very funny.) Catch a skit by Jeff Foxworthy or somebody on YouTube. Humor is a great “de-stressor.” It helps to alter brain function and get it to going in the right directions.. Of course, I’m talking about humor. “Such tiring and destructive emotional stress may be due to a prolonged struggle with difficulties and problems which we are not meeting in a straightforward manner.”

Once we know how to deal with stressors–and make the firm choice to deal with them thusly–we can actually turn them into positive factors.

* Take a brisk walk every morning. :)

Author’s Bio:

Lora Morrow is a neuropsychological counselor and President and Director of Positive Personal Modification Institute. Stress is negative energy that, if not properly controlled, can destroy the entire system.

Eminent psychologist Kenneth L. Eliminate negative thoughts from your life.

Chronic (ongoing) stress, which is caused by worry, negative thoughts, and negative emotions, can result in ulcers, arthritis, cancer, and many other diseases that are often otherwise avoidable. Do not hang your emotions on the outcome of any event. Acceptable human behavior, however, does not allow such simple choices. Meanwhile, here are some pointers, not to conquer your stress permanently, but temporarily to help to assuage some of the symptoms of stress:

* Develop “smile wrinkles.” Ever notice the little wrinkles at the corners of the eyes to those who smile and laugh a lot? I think that is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Look at the beautiful pure blue sky. This, however, is different from the type of stress we are discussing here–the type we must learn to control. Stressors are outside, or external, factors of our environment that potentially cause stress. The purpose of this reaction is survival, and it is supposed to be triggered only in the face of imminent real danger. If you pass by someone else, smile and say hello. Now, let’s not have any excuses here. So the “bad” kind of stress, or “distress,” is what we are talking about.)


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The normal state of the human mind and body is that of total health and relaxation. Stop and admire and smell any flowers. Pressure is often caused, for instance, by concern about not completing a project on time, which triggers the flight-or-fight response and provides extra energy to put the system into high gear. Whether you can or not, however, this brings up another point: get your sleep at night. A positive outlook, then, becomes a form of self-motivation, one of the keys to long-term achievement.

The magic word is choice. Stress results from how we interpret those stressors.

I hope to clear some of that up in my website that we almost have up, which will reveal my Top Secret in beginning to conquer stress (stay tuned). As I also mentioned, this system is about to be launched, so keep an eye out. Start becoming all that you can be.

The bad news is that eighty-two million people in the United States suffer from acute tension and anxiety. Either that, or watch your stress mount and health break down before your very eyes.

But if you anticipate a negative outcome, your self-inflicted pressure produces stress. Find a friend or two to send jokes back and forth via email. You somehow have to reach beneath the surface and work with your subconscious. It opens the doors to emotional balance and reduced stress. “Don’t blame stress on your environment,” he warned. Look for any and all excuses to smile and laugh. But don’t concentrate on the walk. One Robert Seashore once said, “Successful people are not people without problems; they are people who have simply learned how to solve their problems.”

Stress is created by the body’s natural defense system, which is attempting to protect itself from what it perceives as possible destruction. Handled correctly, its symptoms will disappear in direct correlation to the number and frequency of positive changes you make in your life.

Of course, that is easier said than done, isn’t it? Anyone living under a mountain of stress knows that the answer is not simply deciding to do away with it. This is not the abnormal state. More than 13 million working days are lost because of stress. When you first get up, your body is actually starving for water–not coffee, tea, soda, or “sports” drinks, but real, bonafide water. Stress and its related symptoms are created when your mind begins to run wild with negative thoughts and potentially negative outcomes. It literally causes the body to deteriorate. As the level of medical technology increased, so did the level of stress, and as those levels increased, new stress-related diseases appeared as fast as new medicines eliminated the old diseases. Visit her website on Conquering Stress Today at .

Abraham Lincoln, noted for his uncanny ability to say much in a few words, simply stated, “A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.”

Those who would disagree are probably confusing stress with stressors. Most stress is perception-related and has little to do with any real life-threatening dangers from your environment, yet your body reacts as though your very life were at risk.

This did not happen. Use humor in your life as much as possible. And, as the well known little prayer goes, develop the wisdom to know the difference.

These are just a few tips that are available. Lichstein, Ph.D., put it bluntly. You don’t need to become “silly”–just add a little humor, that’s all.

Changing these reactions and your level of stress, in other words, requires changing the way you use your mind and body. Animals also have a preprogrammed flight-or-fight response and, in general, will either flee or attack in a threatening situation.

But the good news is that stress can be corralled and controlled.

Did you get those last few words, the part about dealing with difficulties in a straightfoward manner?

Do not make value judgments before you know the facts. If your tap water is as bad as mine, then buy bottled water, like I do.

Look for occasions to smile and laugh. This will give you, in turn, increased energy and clarity of thought, adding to your ability to operate effectively

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