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Ladies, are you stressed to the point of addiction?
Sound like a silly question? Maybe, but we women take on the brunt of being "everything to everyone".
According to Debbie Mandel, author of "Addicted to Stress, A Woman's 7-Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life" and stress management expert she can help you break the habit and eliminate it from your daily routine.
Being a woman, I was intrigued to learn the obvious-was I one of the stress addicted crowd? It only took me the time of opening up the book and start reading to see the very first chapter had some great ideas and a quiz to help me decide.
While I didn't completely qualify as an actual "addict"-I could see that I was headed in that direction. How?On page 7 of chapter one, entitled "Be Aware of Your Own Stress Addiction" Mandel has 10 questions-all yes/no. If you have 3 yeses-you're out of balance, 5-you're losing your sense of who YOU are and if you are at 10-does crash and burn mean anything to you?
I scored a 4. I really didn't consider myself as being a 4, but it made sense once I read the profile. I would have scored a 7-but having a chronic disease put 3 questions into perspective years ago. I've learned to ask for help-most of the time.
I also found that being stressed has definitely put a damper on my libido-so I'm re-reading this chapter and discussing it with my soul mate of 30 years as soon as we're over the stomach flu.
Mandel shows us the obvious, but also tells us through the sharing of her own stories, as well as through people who have taken her stress management workshops and "tips for curing stress"-what to do about getting ourselves back.
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