The 3 C's of Stress Busting

I have a gut feeling that stress is here to stay. Stress seems to be comfortable living in our homes and setting up shop in our workplace. A study of 2000 employees found that the stress survivors had three important attitudes, I call them the three C's of "stress-busting"

The first C is Challenge and refers to a frame of reference. Any event that disrupts the status quo can be seen either as a threat to things as they are or as a challenge to invent a new future. When we cling tightly to things as they are, any change looks like a threat. When we are open to new possibilities, change is seen as a challenge.

"Challenge is the correct way to view an inconvenience, and inconvenience is the incorrect way to view a challenge."

Our second C of stress busting isCommitment and committment has to do with meaning. If we believe in what we're doing, the challenges we meet along the way are worthwhile; if we don't believe, the price is too great. People committed to their families and jobs who find meaning in their experience or suffering fare better than people who don't.

Control is The 3rd C of a Stress buster. Control is the greatest paradox of all. Experiments in rats show lack of control leads to ulcers and the inability to reject cancer, and in humans out of control is the road to anxiety, depression, and defects in the immune system. Yet when we try to control everything in our lives, we lose sight of challenge because everything looks like a threat. Overcontrol leads to frustration, anger, and guilt. The Roman philosopher Epictetus noted that we would be forever miserable if we failed to distinguish what was controllable and what wasn't. The Serenity Prayer used in AA offers similar wisdom: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

When stress shows up at your door, who ya gonna call? Jesus knew how to cut to the chase and gave us the answer in four simple words...Thy will be done."

For HealthQuest Longevity Center...This is Dr. Dana Pletcher with the...Other Side of the Story.