All of us experience stress in our life. Our society is fast paced with change happening all the time. That alone can be very stressful to navigate.
It can help to recognize what is stressing you and look at what you can do to address it. Broad categories contributing to stress include:
- A pattern of thinking
- Your relationship(s)
- Your patterns of dealing with your feelings
- What you eat
- Patterns of sleeping and eating
- An environmental issue (your bed, car, carpet, household chemicals, etc.)
- Your work environment
- Biochemical imbalances in the body
Stress is a normal response to what we perceive as danger. We may not be thinking that, but our brain identifies it that way and produces the hormones to deal with it. It becomes difficult for our body and mind when we experience too much stress too often. It wears down our immune system, and we get sick. It can deplete our adrenals.
To reduce the effects of stress, you can learn to:
- Change how you think about things
- Change how you relate to yourself
- Really relax and let your body heal (not sit in front of the TV)
- Change eating and sleeping patterns
- Look at patterns of relating and change those that don’t work well for you
- Include exercise in your weekly routine
- Meditate to calm your body and mind
Sometimes stress is due to circumstances in our life that we don’t have a lot of control over. It can help to have a neutral party to talk to and get support. I can also refer you to people that can suggest supplements to support your body system.
Sometimes stress is because you or a family member experiences inductive reasoning issues (IRI), which cause information overload and a great deal of stress and reactivity. I encourage you to learn about IRI if you have a lot of stress in situations where you are with more than one person.
Those with autism, Asperger’s, social communication disorder, and many with ADD struggle with IRI. I have also seen IRI in those with ADHD, PDD-NOS, anxiety, social phobia, reactive attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar, or narcissism diagnoses.
My book can help you to understand those who have inductive reasoning issues. It will help you work more effectively with them, whether you are a parent, significant other, teacher, therapist, other professional, boss, or other family member. And those with IRI may feel that someone finally understands them for the first time in their life.
I have several videos that can help you to begin to understand if you or or someone important to you has IRI.
For us to be really healthy, we have to learn to treat ourselves with care and love. This does not mean indulging ourselves. It’s important to keep healthy boundaries even with ourselves. What we do need is to give ourselves time to really relax and let our body heal.