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Article : How to Lose Weight - Getting to the source of the matter – Part Six
Name : Andrew McCombe
City: Sydney
State : New South Wales
Country : Australia
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Case Study: Stress

Studies from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s predicted that with the advance in technology we would have a lot more leisure time by the year 2000. How wrong they were. In today’s society we are expected to produce a lot more, of a higher quality, and as fast as possible with less support than we did 30 years ago. With the advent of the information age we live more inside our heads than in our bodies, that is we move a lot less and think a lot more and this is taking a major toll on our health.

The effects of pressure have become so prevalent in our life, that they have even

given it a label, Stress.

Stress is an internal phenomenon. You may say “My office is stressful”. “My shopping mall gives me stress all the time”. “You try having four kids and not being stressed”. Well folks they are all just contributors to the stress process but

they do not create the stress. There is no such thing as external stress.

Stress is merely your  thoughts, feelings and beliefs about and how you behave towards, an external pressure. If you feel the situation is more demanding than you are capable of handling then stress will occur. See the Stress Model Below.


The three major causes of stress:

1)   Acute Pressure. Imagine you are a rabbit bounding through the fields minding your own business when suddenly a rabid dog jumps out of the bushes and charges straight towards you. In reaction to this situation your body quickly puts itself through a series of

neurological, biochemical, hormonal and physiological actions, of which, all

are designed to help you avoid the dog and take care of your survival. The

body’s response is commonly referred to as the “fight of flight” syndrome. The

stress response in this situation runs it’s complete course in a relatively

short period of time. For example, the dog bolts out of the bushes and charges

at the rabbit (the external pressure), which causes the rabbit’s brain and

hormonal system to release a series of stress hormones (the stress response),

which enables the rabbit to either fight the dog or run away (the fight or

flight response). After getting away from the dog the rabbit’s stress hormones

return to normal and before long it is bounding through the fields again. This

is an example of acute pressure causing stress. The short term effects of acute

stress will be an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, body

temperature, sweat and also feelings of anxiety, nervousness and tension.

2)   Chronic Pressure. Unfortunately in today’s society we as humans are not as lucky as the animals. On a day to day basis we have to deal with many situations that cause continuous levels of stress. Things such as mortgage repayments, traffic jams, family commitments and work deadlines are harder to escape than the rabid dog and often come back time and time again. This creates a situation where we are constantly stuck in

the middle of the stress response, where our stress hormones are chronically elevated. Although this is not as life threatening as being the rabbit and being chased by the dog, it can, over the long term, if not dealt with lead to obesity, reduced sex drive, weakened immune system, loss of memory and poor feelings of well being. If we cannot remove or escape from acute stress thinking then the acute stress soon becomes chronic stress.

3)   Imagined Pressure. As mentioned earlier

the sub conscious mind cannot decipher between a real and imagined event.

Therefore even though fear is predominantly imagined it still activates the

stress responses of the body. If this fear is not dealt with it will soon

become a source of chronic stress. A large portion of stress is caused by fear

of failure or fear of success. Fear of failure ultimately can be traced back to

a fear of loss in some form, for example loss of control, reputation, money,

livelihood and even life. Fear of success on the other hand can be traced to

fear of your own greatness, which may actually also lead back to fear of loss.

Loss of freedom if I’m so successful, loss of my own privacy, loss of my

leisure time, loss of having a life.

Human  beings are primarily motivated by two things; the avoidance of pain and the seeking of pleasure. The carrot and the stick. Imagine a donkey being motivated by a carrot at the front (pleasure) and a stick at the rear (pain).

To remove fear look for the root cause (the pain) by following the five steps to

removing dis ease mentioned earlier in this chapter.

FEAR = “False Expectations Appearing Real”. It is thought that 90% of all

fears never eventuate and the other 10% won’t be as bad as you thought and you

will actually be able to cope with them. However, you still need to be aware

that a fear is a negative thought, so the more you focus on it the more likely

it will manifest itself in your physical reality. Therefore it is extremely

important to always focus on what you want not what you don’t want!!!


The best way to deal with your Fears (or worries) is to list them into things you

can control and things you can’t control. See below

For the things that you can’t control, there is no need to worry, because they are

out of your control. They are what they are. Or whatever will be will be.

Focus only on the things you can control.

For the things you can control you need to put them into perspective. For example,

if this fear was to eventuate how stressful would it be on a scale of 1-10.

Once you are aware of the fear you can then begin to deal with it.

Fear Scale

On a scale of 1-10 how bad can this situation possibly be?

As you can see only

1-2% of any fears are really worth worrying about.

For the ones that are mere inconveniences I suggest you

confront them before they create further dis ease in your life.

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking

makes it so." Shakespeare.

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