Mental and Physical Stress

Written by Bill Reddie

Mental and Physical Stress

By Bill Reddie

All people experience stress and anxiety in one form or another. Sometimes it can be helpful but if allowed to become chronic, it produces a physically debilitating, unhealthy and destructive mind-set that actually increases stress levels and lowers immune system efficiency.

Generally speaking, helpful stress is similar to a wakeup call that motivates one to (a) do something that needs to be done or (b) accomplish something that is beneficial and constructive. It is goal-oriented and usually contains a promise of material reward or personal attainment.

Another source of stress is that created asrepparttar result of unfortunate natural events such as floods, quakes, hurricanes, andrepparttar 144226 like. 

However, in today's fast moving and competitive worldrepparttar 144227 most commonly mentioned stressful situations are usually those created asrepparttar 144228 result of day-to-day human interaction. 

Since all humans are conditioned since birth by familial, social, religious and other forces, human interaction takes place withinrepparttar 144229 confines of that conditioning. Because of this,repparttar 144230 resolution or prolongation of stressful, anxiety filled situations will, more often than not, depend upon how we respond.

Some people become a bit uneasy when told that their stress problems are basically a mental condition. To them, that diagnosis suggests they are flirting withrepparttar 144231 looney bin and in some manner, displaying deficiency and lack of control. 

In their view, stress is something created by someone or something outside of themselves such as a boss, co-worker, dead-end job, traffic, competition, not enough time or money, a dysfunctional family, marital issues, et al. In some cases this viewpoint may be true.

But asrepparttar 144232 saying goes, "it takes two to tango" which is a rather old-fashioned but still valid way of saying that when stress begins to negatively affect our health andrepparttar 144233 manner in which we function, we need to take a good hard look at our own participation in what is happening around us.

Granted, we all live in an over-stimulated, stressful world and inrepparttar 144234 midst of all that, it's often difficult to maintain a sense of equilibrium. Why?

Well, much ofrepparttar 144235 time, our own perspective gets inrepparttar 144236 way of corrective action. When trouble brews, we tend to stoke fires rather than put them out by allowing our emotions to inflame issues and influence how we think and act. In other words, we allow ourselves to react in a manner that actually produces more stress rather than minimizing it.

Don't think so? Here's a hypothetical example:

Bob works for a company that is going through some corporate downsizing and he has just discovered that a co-worker has been spreading rumors about him that are intended to discredit him inrepparttar 144237 eyes of management. 

He doesn't want to appeal to management for support because most likely, they will not be pleased with being dragged into what would appear to be a petty employee situation. 

He decides to ignorerepparttar 144238 problem hoping it will go away but soon, word gets back to him thatrepparttar 144239 co-worker is now informing others that Bob is unhappy in his present job and will soon be leaving his current employer for a better position with a competing company. Bob becomes increasingly alarmed and emotional overrepparttar 144240 unfairness of it all. 

Added to that, his anxiety has led him to imagine thatrepparttar 144241 co-worker and a member of management have become a bit chummy of late. That convinces him that management is now actually observing every move he makes and his job must surely be in jeopardy. 

Human Conditioning, Stress Management and Music

Written by Bill Reddie


The predominant role human conditioning plays in a stressful environment. Perspective, reaction and remedy.How music can help.

By Bill Reddie

Creating music for stress management can be a rather complicated process. Due torepparttar nature of stress, music must promote and sustain a therapeutic ambience and provide a calming influence that opensrepparttar 144225 door to reflection, corrective action and ultimately, inner peace. Consequently, creative effort in this genre often leads to considerations that have more to do with psychology than music per se.

In its development stages a musical sequence may point to possibilities for music therapy, but to successfully completerepparttar 144226 final sequence, one must considerrepparttar 144227 variables of human nature.

Whether or not these musical possibilities grow into something of benefit depends upon many factors, notrepparttar 144228 least of which isrepparttar 144229 creation of sound structures that are compatible with and beneficial torepparttar 144230 human organism.

Another extremely important issue that must be considered duringrepparttar 144231 composition process is that all humans are conditioned since birth and there is little that humans experience throughout their lives that is not filtered through previous layers of conditioning.

At first glance, human conditioning may appear to have little if any relationship to stress management, anxiety, burnout - or for that matter, music. But a closer look revealsrepparttar 144232 connection.

To understand how this connection works, we'll need to dig into some information that may seem a bit 'heavy'. The subject of conditioning is extensive and of necessity, comment here must be confined to only a few of its more prominent twists and turns.

Whether one agrees or disagrees withrepparttar 144233 statements presented here,repparttar 144234 following isrepparttar 144235 result of years of observation, study and application. Its presentation here is intended to promote a better understanding of how and why we so often react in counter-productive ways when dealing with stressful conditions.

Admittedly, this information is but a small part of a much deeper subject. Nonetheless, it is my sincere hope that what is presented here will provide some insight for those who suffer fromrepparttar 144236 unpleasant, debilitating and unhealthy conditions of stress. That said, please read on and it will become apparent that where human conditioning is concerned, almost everything is related.

The problem

When one studiesrepparttar 144237 work of men such as Roger Sperry, Freud, Jung, Wilhem Reich and others, it becomes clear that (1) general reaction to stressful conditions tends to be aberrant and (2)repparttar 144238 manner in which humans perceive and react is, forrepparttar 144239 most part, a learned behavior.

This learned behavior has much to do with how we view ourselves and our place in society. The picture that we present torepparttar 144240 outside world is our identity, or image, of who we think we are and that image isrepparttar 144241 direct result of everything we have been taught and everything that has ever happened to us.

Consequently, each new encounter or situation we experience is filtered through previous conditioning and in this way, previous conditioning becomesrepparttar 144242 measurement we apply to all future experience. Unfortunately, this measurement is often flawed and when used to evaluate and respond to stressful conditions, tends to produce reaction rather than remedy and this in turn can lead to errors in judgment that may actually make matters worse.

Why don't we recognize these reaction patterns when they occur?

Well, for most of us,repparttar 144243 basic underlying causes of conditioned reaction have been lost to conscious memory. Yet, without realizing why, we often continue to react in a sort of robotic way torepparttar 144244 emotional stimuli of circumstances that occurred long ago and which contain little if any corrective value for resolvingrepparttar 144245 here-and-now problems of today.

How does this relate to stress management?

The relevance to stress management lies inrepparttar 144246 fact that conditioning is like a one-way street, paved with beliefs, opinions and prejudgments that often lead us in very subtle ways torepparttar 144247 wrong destination. In other words, when belief, opinion and prejudgment are used as a measurement of stressful conditions,repparttar 144248 results of that measurement will most likely be erroneous due to a lack of facts.

Stated another way, one might say that in lieu of facts, we are more likely to create and / or contribute torepparttar 144249 stressful conditions that we seek to resolve.

Truth or Belief?

Belief, opinion and prejudgment indicate a lack of fact or truth. One reason this lack occurs is because of a widespread assumption thatrepparttar 144250 word 'believe' is synonymous withrepparttar 144251 word 'truth'. When we say we believe in something or believe something to be true, what we are really saying is that we do not possess allrepparttar 144252 facts. Conversely, if we possessed allrepparttar 144253 facts we would no longer believe - we would know.

Thus,repparttar 144254 disparity between 'belief' and 'truth' becomes one ofrepparttar 144255 main reasons we react to stress rather than take remedial or constructive action to minimize it. In other words,repparttar 144256 tendency is to make judgments ( based on belief or opinion ) before obtaining allrepparttar 144257 facts in a given situation.

According to statistics,repparttar 144258 sources below are most commonly mentioned as a cause of stress:

The boss Not enough sleep Family pressures The workload Not enough money Societal pressures Co-workers Not enough time Marital issues Traffic Health crises Divorce When stress enters our lives,repparttar 144259 tendency is to blame someone or something other than ourselves. In some cases we may be right. But many times stressful conditions are of our own making. One example would be stress created as a result of maxed-out credit cards or a lack of financial discipline.

Another cause might originate with any one ofrepparttar 144260 sources inrepparttar 144261 list above, but because of our tendency to misunderstand and mishandle these experiences we often proceed to makerepparttar 144262 problem worse and thereby increaserepparttar 144263 level of stress. Regardless ofrepparttar 144264 causes, how we deal with these conditions is of paramount importance if we are to resolve them successfully.

Generally speaking, we react emotionally to stress when we have something to defend and when we allow defensive emotion to get out of hand, we're not being rational - we're merely reacting. By reacting we compoundrepparttar 144265 problem because our reaction tends to produce a counter-reaction.

Why a counter-reaction? Well, ifrepparttar 144266 object of our wrath happens to be another person, that person will most likely have something to defend also and our emotional display may therefore be interpreted as a threat. Remember, that other person is conditioned too!

The Sky is Falling!

Conditioned reaction also indicates a fear of something. Eugene Albright,repparttar 144267 author of Unichotometrics-A New Way of Life, once said, "There is only one valid fear - a direct threat to survival ofrepparttar 144268 organism. Allrepparttar 144269 others can be traced to false concepts of one sort or another."

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