If the ten simple steps are not enough

If you have done all of the preceding and still have significant symptoms of OVERSTRESS: 

Fatigue
Aches and pains
Anxiety
Problems sleeping
Lack of enjoyment of life
Depression 

THEN IT IS TIME YOU OBTAINED SOME ASSISTANCE… VISIT YOUR DOCTOR 

OVERSTRESS that you can not clear up yourself may be the earliest warning sign of some hidden illness. 

Thyroid disease
Calcium imbalance (too much or too little)
Anemia
Diabetes
Manic-depression
Liver disease
Kidney malfunction
Vitamin deficiency
Hormone deficiency 

These are examples of physical illnesses that you might not be aware of – but which cause enough stress on your body to create OVERSTRESS. 

Your doctor should do a thorough history, and a complete physical examination, including tests on blood and urine. The automated blood testing machines can do a complete blood count, as well as measure your thyroid function, liver enzymes, kidney function, calcium and phosphorus, iron and blood sugar for a very reasonable price. 

So, if your symptoms are not getting better with the TEN SIMPLE STEPS — be sure to see your doctor. 

ELIMINATE YOUR PICK-ME-UP’S ENTIRELY 

If cutting down your Pick-Me-Up’s did not get you off the “roller coaster” of Pick-Me-Up high and Pick-Me-Up low, then you need to ELIMINATE Pick-Me-Up’s entirely. You need to get off the”roller coaster” in order to start feeling well. 

ELIMINATE FOODS WHICH CAUSE BAD REACTIONS 

If a certain food makes you wheeze, or gives you a stuffy nose, or diarrhea, or red itchy bumps on your skin, you should obviously avoid that food. Any allergic reaction of this type is a stress on your body that will contribute to your OVERSTRESS. 

There is another type of food reaction you should avoid. ANY FOOD THAT YOU CRAVE OR BINGE is a brain active food. You are craving or binging it because it is directly affecting your brain. Most of the time these are foods that contain the Pick-Me-Up’s, sugar or caffeine. But sometimes the substance in the food is corn, milk, or yeast protein. Many people have sensitivity reactions to corn, milk, or yeast containing products. The proteins in these substances directly affect brain messenger function. If, by this point, you are STILL not feeling well, try a corn-free, milk-free and/or yeast-free diet. (Consult a dietician or your doctor for a source of recipes). 

VISIT A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR 

An experienced counselor can be of great help! It is often possible for a counselor to pinpoint stressors that you may have overlooked. Counselors can help you handle general life problems in ways that produce less stress. You should specifically seek instruction in cognitive therapy, assertiveness training, self-relaxation, biofeedback, and meditation. These techniques are very useful in reducing stress by teaching you how to “rest your mind.”