Do you have stress insurance?


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What kind of policy would you buy, if there was such a thing as insurance against stress?

I can see there’d need to be different types of policies, and maybe you wouldn’t want or need all of them. Or you might add on a rider now and then for specific short-term items, such as the stress of planning a wedding in the family.

Here are some of the types of stress people have, and maybe you are familiar with some or all of them:

  • Stress over work deadlines and your boss’s (or your own) expectations
  • Family fights and disagreements
  • Relationship stress — your romance isn’t going the way you dreamed it would!
  • Illness and accidents — involving you, or those closest to you (including your pets)
  • Internal anxiety about the future
  • Financial stress — worrying about bills and whether you’ll have enough money to meet your obligations

Although we can’t take out a policy against these type of stressors, we can build up “insurance” inside so that we know how to handle stress without freaking out, how to relate to others without exploding or blaming, and how to seek solutions instead of staying stuck in the problem.

What are some of the things on your stress list?

your happiness guru,

Evelyn Brooks

Comments (8)

Karen Kay

August 23, 2010

Wow... that would be so nice indeed~! Great food for thought!

I think if I could take out "stress insurance", I would opt for better coping mechanisms as part of my package. I can meditate and deep breathe and all that, but sometimes when caught up in it all, I forget. That's what I would like.....

Karen Kay

August 23, 2010

Wow... that would be so nice indeed~! Great food for thought!

I think if I could take out "stress insurance", I would opt for better coping mechanisms as part of my package. I can meditate and deep breathe and all that, but sometimes when caught up in it all, I forget. That's what I would like.....

Evelyn Brooks

August 24, 2010

Coping mechanisms! Great comment, Karen and thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's easy to get caught up and forget our stress busting routines, but I feel that when you have the mechanisms in place and get back on track, the stress is more easily handled.
Evelyn

Evelyn Brooks

August 24, 2010

Coping mechanisms! Great comment, Karen and thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's easy to get caught up and forget our stress busting routines, but I feel that when you have the mechanisms in place and get back on track, the stress is more easily handled.
Evelyn

MJ Schrader

August 25, 2010

Evelyn,
Stress insurance would have to provide me with a support structure. When I am stressed people get mad because "you dump it online" yet I have no one to talk to in person or on the phone. I only have my boyfriend who is far away and my mom. When I call people they are busy, they want to talk business, ask WordPress questions, or are too busy. Then call me stressed out for talking online. My journal is my best friend, and my journal is online, so...

MJ Schrader

August 25, 2010

Evelyn,
Stress insurance would have to provide me with a support structure. When I am stressed people get mad because "you dump it online" yet I have no one to talk to in person or on the phone. I only have my boyfriend who is far away and my mom. When I call people they are busy, they want to talk business, ask WordPress questions, or are too busy. Then call me stressed out for talking online. My journal is my best friend, and my journal is online, so...

Evelyn Brooks

August 25, 2010

I hear ya, MJ! Lots of times people just tune out because they are so wrapped up in their own heads. Support structure is vital!
:-)

Evelyn Brooks

August 25, 2010

I hear ya, MJ! Lots of times people just tune out because they are so wrapped up in their own heads. Support structure is vital!
:-)

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