Long Term Solution

Scratch That Itch -
That'll Solve the Problem!

Is Changing What You Do the Solution?

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Most people believe that changing what you do, altering your actions, is the long-term solution to reduce stress. This belief seems to be widely held, yet so was the belief that the world is flat!

If the long-term solution to reducing stress really were changes to what you do, then your previous attempts would have already worked. You wouldn't be reading this page.

Changing what you do may relieve the symptoms, but does nothing to resolve the cause. Yet vast sums of money are often spent to persuade you to look only at the symptoms. For example...

Drink lots of water!

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Television seems to have regular adverts for, err, "staying regular." These urge you to purchase their favored remedy so you'll no longer suffer from constipation. But the cause is never mentioned, perhaps because Big Business cannot make any money from it. Doctors tell you to drink eight glasses of water a day, (not soft-drinks), every day. And if you do, you'll stay regular.

When you resolve the cause of the problem - not enough water - the problem goes away. But if you only put a band-aid on the symptom, then there's no long-term solution and the cause remains. So drink lots of water!

Rather resolve the cause

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Long Straight Road In Desert
Short-term remedies which involve little time or energy to treat the symptoms of stress can certainly help, but do little or nothing to remove the cause. The enormous number of people who continue to stress no matter what they do shows this unfortunate misunderstanding to be amazingly widespread.

You may be tempted to think that until you know something is not the answer, you are not free to seek the real solution. If you want to explore all the available options involving what to do, then go ahead! But do bookmark this site. You'll want to come back once you realize that changing what you do is not particularly effective long-term.

A short term fix is just that - short-term. It usually has little to do with the long term solution.

Food for Thought

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"Maintaining a comfort zone can, paradoxically, lead to discomfort in the long run. If by being comfortable
we avoid important life issues, internal tension accumulates... Eventually, as both internal and external pressures for change persist, the 'comfort zone' ceases to serve us."

Eric Allenbaugh, Ph.D., Leadership Consultant, Author, Speaker, Executive Coach

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