One of my stress triggers is when I don’t feel productive. Today, I have not accomplished much which fosters that unsettling feeling. So when Karianne Gagnon, purveyor of the Stress-Free Stress Management Plan (SFSMP) asked me to review her product, I thought it was a sign from above to finally end this self-manufactured anxiety. I gladly accepted review access, and decided to read the e-book in its entirety in one sitting. This SFSMP analysis reflects my candid thoughts on the material that I’ve just digested.
Stress-Free Stress Management Plan Review – Are You Addicted to Stress?
Karianne Gagnon ruminates about a provocative question: Are you addicted to stress?
Before even trying to eliminate stress, or at least reduce it (and its accompanying physical and emotional ramifications), we must understand that we’re the party actually responsible for it. Yes, we can blame others and outside events and circumstances for making us stressed, but ultimately, we’re the entity that controls our thoughts and processes our reactions. Many of us have developed a ‘fearful mindset,’ so preoccupied with the ‘what if’s of tomorrow’ that we’re not fully living in the now.
As the resource points out, we develop habits that perpetuate stress. Many of us, continue to burn both ends of the candle, burning ourselves out. However, we don’t take the time to think about our frenetic lifestyle, and often keep the status quo in quest of completing our never-ending ‘to-do’ list.
And, if you’re like me, you gain a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment by completing a host of daily tasks. Midnight laundry has become an everyday occurrence – the benchmark for me of having too much to do and not enough time to do it. Still, I often give myself a self-congratulatory pat on the back for my tireless efforts.
According to the resource, our persistence, determination, and strong work ethic may even prompt accolades from others, negating our examination of what stress is doing to us. For example, consider the overworked employee who misses lunch and stays late to complete assignments but gains the respect and good graces of the boss. You may be working yourself to death but it sure feels good to receive praise from your employer.
The Stress-Free Stress Management Plan wants you to come to terms with the fact that you’re not only manufacturing stress but maintaining it for a variety of reasons. How can you overcome any mental anguish if you don’t recognize your role in creating and sustaining it?
Are You Aware What Stress is Doing to You?
Perhaps you would not be so laissez-faire about your own stress, or simply think it’s part of life, if you realized all the ways it was undermining you. SFSMP provides a thorough review of all the physical maladies that result from consistently manifesting a fight-or-flight response?
Hormones and neurotransmitters trigger our bodies to direct blood flow away from our vital organs, suppressing our immune system. The influx of the hormone, cortisol, encourages fat storage and weight gain. Stress adversely affects heart function, compromises our sleep, makes us more susceptible to colds and other illnesses, raises blood sugar, causes skin issues, adversely affects our focus, concentration, and memory, and debilitates us in so many other physical ways.
On the emotional realm, stress leaves emotional scars, making it difficult to just lead our lives. It makes those positive emotions, joy and happiness, quickly disappear without a trace. In addition, it fixates us to the past and makes us overly consumed about the future. This monkey on the back / pain in the brain has to be released if we’re to enjoy our present existence.
Analyze Your Stress – Become Your Own Stress Expert
The Stress-Free Stress Management Plan wants you to be a keen observer of your own life. Indeed, you must figure out your own stress triggers so that you can eventually devote time and energy to work on these stress-producing trigger points.
What elements in your lifestyle is causing the most emotional discomfort? Is it work, family-related responsibilities, help you provide to others, or other tasks you may feel compelled to complete? It’s advisable to write down anxiety-provoking situations to get a better handle on how to assuage any negative effects.
Karienne Gagnon is unapologetic about her assertion that one needs to go ‘cold turkey,’ and give up stressors, if at all possible. Now if you can’t quit your job, for example, you’re going to have to break down the work into smaller, manageable components. You may even have to give up your missed lunches and overtime to keep a more positive frame of mind. This may not incur pleasure with your boss, but the quality of life, if not your life itself, may be dependent on making changes.
But if work becomes so toxic, it may be time to become your own employer. This resource even devotes some discussion on money-making methods you can try at home.
So the author of this e-book understands that a completely stress-less lifestyle may not be possible. But she reveals a variety of astute options to make living less stressful.
Sure, she reviews a number of tried and true strategies that will combat pressures: Exercise, ample sleep, and a natural and holistic diet all factor into a calmer existence. But SFSMP also reveals several fresh stress-combatting ideas, such as ‘Closing open loops’ using the “Pomodoro Technique,” or embracing, “Cognitive behavioral therapy.”
Bottom line: You can change your thoughts … which can change your emotions … which can change your life. Karianne Gagnon wants to empower readers and make them realize they have options to deal with panic, nervousness, and anxiety.
The Stress-Free Stress Management Plan Review – Final Determination
This book is an easy-to-read and informative resource, providing a solid overview on all stress-related matters. Of importance, it details a variety of stress reduction techniques that are sure to put your mind at rest, or at least stop the incessant thoughts that are barraging your brain.
It encourages new thinking patterns and a new lifestyle but you have to be open for change. Reading this material without implementing the suggestions is tantamount to keeping old, counterproductive mental patterns.
Implement the Stress-Free Stress Management Plan to become a more joyful, imaginative, productive, and worry-free you.