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How to Deal With Stress the Eric Dierker way.

Updated on June 29, 2014

Flowing waters immediately reduce stress, why?

Do not answer that question straight out. Just go with us on this one. Flowing water just does reduce stress. See how easy that is?
Do not answer that question straight out. Just go with us on this one. Flowing water just does reduce stress. See how easy that is? | Source

Do not get rid of stress manage it and use it!

Here is a good definition of stress and it works. Stress is a natural negative reaction to unpleasant stimulus that we do not like. Stress is a anxious edgy feeling that causes less than perfect reactions and solutions to issues. Or you could take experts and see if you buy their take on the matter. Here is "psychology today's" definition of stress: ""Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. A little bit of stress, known as “acute stress,” can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or “chronic stress,” can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.""

Excuse me readers but there is nothing simple about stress and it is not omnipresent in life. And chronic stress means we cannot deal with it and that is all.

Let cooler minds debunk this notion that stress is a boogeyman. I tell you that it is our friend always, sometimes we just do not take the time to realize it. Here are some real life realities about stress. Our team knows stress and we will share some stress with you and then you go and decide if you have stress.

I was in a world of hurt in a bad place.

I volunteered in Mexico City to work with some health care providers to go to a dump and inoculate some children that lived there. We provided tetanus shots and that was all. But we found malaria, diphtheria, probably cholera and all kinds of dysentery and flu. A mother came to me carrying an infant who was dead she was in the line for shots for tetanus. As she handed me the child that was still warm from the mother and not it's own life I held it in one arm and embraced her with the other. She chanted in her illiterate Spanish "tu tiene paseo" which meant "you have it pass".

Now brothers and sisters I do not tell you this tale to make you weep. I tell it to make you stronger. For that was a moment of stress, real stress. Do you really have stress? And yet in that moment of "letting it pass" there was no more stress and only a surrender that was a serenity and a total lack of stress.

Where are they in such a hurry to go to?

We cause our stress and we can danged sure cause it not to be!
We cause our stress and we can danged sure cause it not to be! | Source

There was a man with 3 children that was diagnosed to die.

The family doc had him meet him at another family members' home. The news was too much to take alone. The doc hemmed and hawed and got down to it. You see the man had been suffering these horrendous abdominal attacks for two months without diagnosis. Finally the man had sought out a great diagnostician and had flown to see him. That doctor immediately told him to get back home and tests and scans were taken to confirm.

The family doc had to tell the father of 3 that he had 3 months maybe less to live. Now that was stress for the family and the family doc. So be it. But it was not stress for the man. Now at last it was do or die. And the man decided right then that it was a "doable" recovery.

Now tell me again about how much stress you have. Please I have to know it is really important.

Storms are made to be weathered.

Stress is made to be managed.
Stress is made to be managed. | Source

Then there was the man on the top of the mountain.

There was too much snow. And there was too much fog. And there was too much snow falling. The man was in the starting gate of a mile long downhill speed run. It was critical to the man to have a good performance, in fact his career hung in the balance. But you could only see about ten feet in the snowy conditions. The officials called it. But left the decision to run up to the man in the gate. The stress was palpable and the man was young and did not handle it well. He decided to go. He never made it to the bottom alive.

Now that is stress and stress got to the player and the player lost. Now I ask you again, how much stress do you have?

What do you think?

Do you have unbearable stress

See results

Turn it around, you are the master of stress

Roll up them sleeves and get to work.

Whatever causes you stress --- get into it. You are the master for stress is not an outside job it is an inside controllable function of your life and your life is awesome. If you are reading this you are on a journey and that journey has one pilot and that pilot is you. Steer your craft and be in control. You own your destiny and it is bright and full of wonder.

You do not have problems, problems are not a "thing" they are a way of looking at things. You are the master of your vision and your vision must be of a victor and not a victim. You may not be in control of all things but no one is in control of you. You are exclusively your own domain.

Now let us go find that stress Yahoo!

Let us look at the flip side. Stress is really a kissing cousin of fear. That psycho babble explanation above has a good point. It is about fight or flight and we really cannot change that. It is my hope that the concepts above help us to see that we have a choice and that choice is to use it or lose it. We really cannot run and hide. We really do have to deal with stress and I think we can do it well.

Just a little prayer to that great deceiver known as stress.

Oh impostor stress please motivate me to finding solutions and conquering my fears. Bring forth the problems of the day and let me overcome them so that I gain in my own inner power and gather strength from each obstacle. Bring it on and let me be better for my stress.

Well I hope that helped a bit.

I think you deserve to overcome stress, you have earned it!

Hopefully you get the idea of how I would react to the stress of you stealing my stuff.

This article was written by Eric Dierker. I reserve all rights to this article and desire no duplication without attribution. On the other hand feel free to share the content just let folks know where it came from. Copying it and claiming it as your own would be stupid and subject you to my legal harassment of you. Besides if someone asked you what it meant you would not know so yes it is copyright protected as original work by me. Just leave a comment to ask to use it elsewhere and please share it.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Front yard for us here. See you there!

    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      I'll be looking for you Eric I can see that mountain from my back yard. Don't get your line tangled in my palm trees.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      grand old lady, if it is not us who march forward and lead toward positive -- Who then should do it?

      Always good to hear from you friend.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      It is so typical Ericdierker that you would end your hub with the song from Rocky. Wonderful tips on dealing with stress, in your typical, inspiring Ericdierker way, my friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Denise that is a real addition to this hub. Two great comments in one. I just blew off a deadline today --- no one else noticed ;-)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Our drought is stressing me all up Mel. Maybe the low water levels are good for fishing up near Mt. San Miguel.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It is interesting that when we find out the horrific stuff other people have to go through, it helps put our own issues into perspective. Just this morning, I was stressed out over a pre-conceived deadline I had given myself. When I realized that I was the creator of my own issues, I was able to back off and re-think. Thanks for the great tips!

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      I wish I had a witty, insightful comment about stress but the well has gone dry. I think I've been living with stress so long that sometimes I forget it is there. You are doing great work over there on the other side of that shrinking lake from me in Spring Valley. Now that lake is really stressed!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ChitrangadaSharan, I think that avoidance is the best practice by far, if we can do that we are leading a good life.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE, you are so right, I suppose stress presupposes matters we do not want to focus on. Thanks for such great insight.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill that is why I had to look it up and put in a definition ;-)

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent article!

      I do take all care so that 'stress' does not bother me and overpower me. I keep myself busy and avoid thinking and counter thinking about troublesome and stressful matters.

      I enjoyed reading your hub and every suggestion on how to deal with stress the Ericdierker way! Lovely video too, Voted up!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I avoid a stressful life my focusing on the good things in life. However. your ideas sound very helpful.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry, but could you explain to me what stress is? I'm not sure I remember it well enough to give an intelligent comment about it. :)


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