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Triggers For Stress

Triggers For Stress

The effects of stress-producing situations vary enormously among different individuals. The totally personal way in which we filter all events determines how stressful they are. The theory of stress must be modified to include the mind-body connections, for such invisible elements as interpretation, belief, and attitude are enormously important in the actual workings of the stress response.

External stressors are basically triggers. If you don’t feel triggered, there is no stress. A prevailing myth has arisen that some people thrive on stress. They perform best under high-pressure deadlines and blossom in the heat of competition. What’s really happening is that they aren’t being triggered physiologically.

Management of stress therefore turns out to be much more complicated than is generally supposed, because a person’s interpretation of any situation is basically projected from his memory–our reactions to new situations are always colored by our experiences in the past.

Instead of appraising each new situation afresh, we slip into old categories. Neutralizing these old impressions is essential, for otherwise you have no control over stress–the stressful event will trigger your response automatically, making you its prisoner.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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4:45AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Great article. I don't get stressed about stuff, though.

7:03AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

thanks. right NOW my stress trigger is my child refusing to be quiet while I am trying to check my email

8:26PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Stupid people are the biggest trigger for my stress.

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3:39AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks. I know my stress triggers but still haven't learn how to avoid them or how to react to them properly...

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1:48PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Thanks for the re-post.

6:09AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Looks like Heidi A. should avoid Vicky P.

6:03AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

thank you

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