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are you a stress addict

Updated on February 23, 2011

When you hear someone say are you a stress addict, how do you react? Do you panic or do you simply get al defensive and say “why would anyone be a stress addict? Well here’s why, read on to unravel the answer.

You may be one of those people who say “yes I am a stress addict” or you might wonder what on earth that means. Either ways, you need to know what it is about so you can figure out where you stand. Stress addicts are probably already moving on to a million other tasks in the middle of reading this that suddenly occurred to them or simply distracted by or need to feel like their brain is on fire every now and then.

Stress addicts love challenges, they love those life and death situations and decisions. They will always take on more than they can and end up cribbing a mile a minute from the start whether it gets done or not. They will get it done in most cases but end up screaming, shouting and making such a ruckus that you would wish it had not been done at all. Stress addicts cannot stand the calm boat that is not tossed by stormy seas. They need the lightning bolts, the fire and brimstone and the madness to surround and engulf them to perform at their best.

You may be a beginner on the stress addiction scale or an actual hardcore addict. Either which ways, it is important to first of all realize and acknowledge the fact that this adrenaline rush you feed on could actually also feed on you.

Stress addicts will either find high stress tasks or work themselves into a frenzy about anything they need to accomplish and will turn it into a high stress situation. It is important to recognize this tendency to ‘make a mountain out of a molehill’.

Understand why you are drawn to such situations and why you tend to overreact this way. This is the first step you have to do, afterwards you are left trying to figure out what should be done about it.  It is important to figure out what you can do to alleviate the high stress reactions and thus reduce your high strung reactions to situations. This will teach you to think things through before reacting and not act like an adrenaline junkie or someone looking for a challenge every single time. Sometimes doing things slow, breathing easy and being able to feel good about it is more important than anything else.


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