The 4 main Stress factors and how you can reduce their impact

We all get stressed at times

and that is not always a bad thing. In fact stress can often be a great

motivator. It helps you sharpen your mind, become more creative and get


The problem starts when we are feeling

stressed too often and don't allow our system to relax, to take a

break, to re-charge its batteries. Chronic stress negatively affects

our health, our performance, our relationships, our life.

I am in the business of helping people to stress less and manage easier in life and at work.

For most people I meet the biggest hurdle they are facing is to

actually get started. Everyone loves to talk about how stressed they

are, but few take the next step and actually do something about it? Why


Stress is very addictive, stress keeps you

trapped in a vicious circle of feeling that there is never enough time

to start and you are getting more stressed by just thinking about it.

However, if YOU are ready now to stress less and invite more health and

success into your life then read on…

The 4 main stress factors and how you can tackle them

1. Diet – we are what we eat

Caffein, sodas, sugar, processed foods, sweeteners, alcohol are all

stressors over a period of time. They make you feel good for a short

time and once their effect has worn off you start to feel worse.


Reduce their intake. Drink only one cup of coffee, or drink a fresh

fruit juice mixed with water to get going. To boost your system and to

reduce the effects of stress ensure that your diet includes Vitamin C

and B6, zinc, magnesium and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Eat 3

meals a day. You may want to consult a nutritional coach for advice or

take a vitamin/mineral supplement for 3 months.

2. Life style

Not enough time, too much work, multitasking, being overwhelmed,

traffic, noise…feel free to add your own stressors. Most of my clients

struggle with a conflict in time management. The demands of family and

the work place are one of the key factors for their stress.


LOOK deliberately at everything you are doing – don’t be reactive, be

proactive and identify where you can make changes. Take time and

IDENTIFY one area, one behavior where you can and will make a change


3. Cognitive filter (the process of thinking, learning, judging)

We each have our own Filter that determines how we deal with stress.

This filter looks at physical, mental, emotional and spiritual input

from both yourself and external factors and creates your prison through

which you view the world. Your filter will include your perceptions of

your own limitations, your previous experiences, your ideas and

judgments about life, other people and yourself.


Your cognitive filter is very profoundly influenced by your spiritual

practice; and I am not talking about religion here, but rather about a philosophical framework that helps you to stay grounded and cope with life’s ups and downs.

What is your philosophy? Which framework would help you to support your

philosophy or develop a new one? - Political or environmental

engagement, embracing religion’s teachings, practicing meditation or

yoga, engaging in community work? Pick one and stick with it. Or adopt this simple rule for a start: No games…No tricks…No lies

4. Trigger Factor

The drop that gets the barrel to overflow, the one incident that starts

the decline, the factor that pushes you over the edge, that is the

moment when your body crosses the threshold from being able to cope to

loosing the battle.


When the stress load from the other 3 factors is decreased then the

threshold for your trigger factor is so much higher, your system will

be more resilient to stress. Commit yourself to taking time out on a regular basis

to give your body and mind a chance to relax. Try out some relaxation

techniques like deep breathing, massage, yoga, meditation, listening to

calming music, smiling more or simply having a relaxing bath. Integrate

them into your weekly schedule.

with my best wishes for your success,

Christiane Pohl


Christiane Pohl is a Life & Leadership Coach with More Life, More Success Coaching and an Art of Living Teacher. She helps people to gain clarity about their priorities, create a life that feels managable and transform their insights into action.
She has been working for many years as a coach and mentor with professionals in international companies. Her clients say that she has the gift of helping them identify what is most important to them, find solutions to challening ...

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