3. What Do We Mean By “Stress”?

Broadly speaking, stress is the inability to cope with what life presents us.  Many people think of stress as the tensions of daily life: too much to do, too little time, grueling commutes, demanding people, etc., yet we generally deal with these things better than we think.

Graf Stress Management’s clinical results reveal that the stresses which undermine us run deeper.  Debilitating stress involves failing to live up to our value standards in our behavior; or harboring fear, guilt, anger, resentment or low self-esteem; or persistent negative thoughts, feelings, or expectations.

Graf Stress Management recognizes eight types of stress which are examined elsewhere on this site: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Psychological, Environmental, Fear, Guilt, and Reality Stress.

Common approaches to stress management rely on meditation, relaxation, affirmations, visualization, supplements, yoga, biofeedback, mindfulness, massage, acupuncture, and exercise.  While these can help people feel better momentarily, they focus on relief of symptoms and are not optimally productive in eliminating the underlying causes of stress.

By contrast, Graf Stress Management incorporates on a powerful diagnostic and analytical tool, the Stress Evaluation, to uncover and resolve the hidden roots of stress.   Over the course of forty-plus years, Graf Stress Management has helped tens of thousands of people to clear out deep-seated personal issues and regain peace of mind, often recovering from mental and physical health problems in the process.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Richardson, in Rockville, Maryland, has been certified to practice Graf Stress Management since 1991. In addition, she holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Operations Research and formerly worked for the Congressional Budget Office doing econometric modeling.
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