The Addictive Action of Stress That Hurts You

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A common complaint of modern life is dealing with everyday stress and anxiety.

Stress very easily conquers us, but we cannot easily detect its effect on us. This is because stress, like other human behaviors, is addictive. This means that when we are in stress, we are in a state of defense and alertness: sustained and intense contraction of our muscular system, prolonged adrenaline secretion, increased biorhythms (heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) which, when elevated for long periods of time, deteriorate our health. This condition forces us to move at a fast pace, with intense movements that burden our bodies. If such stressful behaviors last for more than an hour, they have a profound effect on our body. Imagine, then, how great this effect becomes when these behaviors last for hours, days or even months.

Many of us complain of excessive fatigue due to family difficulties, as well as financial, professional and social issues in our life that create stress.

Stress causes us to be over-excited and wish to move and stay active all the time.

In such cases, we need to carefully set our priorities and choose to accomplish less.. We need to make “discounts” on the perfectionism that is born from our stress. Such behavior creates a vicious circle in our daily activity. The more active we are, the more anxious we get and the more we are forced to become over-excited. And so on.

Even when we decide to stop the stressful activity that led us here, we still feel uncomfortable and irritated because stress over-stimulation results in inhibition of our cognitive choice to rest and quiet down, so we often return to over-activity.

Thus, we need to moderate our actions, give ourselves frequent opportunities to rest and to alternate our obligations with other activities that please us.

Stress-induced perfectionism is an addictive behavior and we need to recognize it before it irreparably hurts us. Just like any ailment that hurts us, it is advisable to treat and limit stress in order to ensure a good quality of life.

 

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If you are keen to learn how to successfully deal with your stress addiction, boost your creativity and lead a successful life, you can contact me via email:

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After a longstanding career in research at the National Centre of Scientific Research of France (CNRS) and the prestigious Collège de France of Paris, I have spent more than  a decade focusing my activity in the successful treatment of phobias, panic and stress disorders, as well as the personal development and reinforcement of personal strengths, soft skills and emotional intelligence. I am a trained and expert therapist of these conditions. 

My therapeutic approach is based upon the application of scientific and psychotherapeutic proven techniques for a comprehensive and successful approach to dealing with the aforementioned issues. 

I am a certified Cognitive Psychologist and a Member of the official Association of Greek Psychologists (SEPS). I am also a Certified Member of the European Federation of Psychological Associations (EFPA), and hold a European Certification of Psychological Practice (EuroPsy) in more than 19 countries of the European continent. I am also a member of the International Society of Emotional Intelligence and Member of the International Network of Teachers of CEB (Cultivating Emotional Balance).

I provide Individual Coaching and Therapy for Personal Development and Self Awareness, EQ education (including for the professional field), Life Coaching for successful living and career, Meditative Techniques for Mindfulness, Concentration, Relaxation and Equanimity, as well as group seminars on the topics of Personal Development, CEB, Life Coaching for Successful Living and Goal Setting. 

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Panagiota

Last modified: September 1, 2019

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