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Stress and Mental Fitness Training

Posted Jan 17 2010 6:35am

The reality of stress can not be dismissed or minimized.  We are living in a world

of prolonged stress.  Many of these stresses are not going away.  Many of these stresses are all-too-familiar.  We struggle with economic, financial, vocational, governmental, familial and medical stress.

We also deal with natural disasters such as the Haitian earthquake or the flooding of New Orleans.  Then there is the stress associated with terror.

Mental fitness training is important and necessary for managing stresses in people's lives.  Mental fitness training will help you use the power of your mind for coping and managing stress!

The APA Help Center at an interesting article entitled Mind/body health: did you know?  The following statistics are from the APA article.


  • "Psychological studies show that your mind and your body are strongly linked. As your mental health declines, your physical health can wear down, and if your physical health declines, it can make you feel mentally "down." A positive outlook can help keep you healthy.
  • 93 percent of Americans say that perceptions, thoughts, and choices affects physical health (APA 2005).
  • 58 percent of Americans believe that one can't have good physical health without good mental health (APA 2005).
  • 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress ("The Stress Solution: An Action Plan to Manage the Stress in Your Life", Lyle H. Miller, Ph.D., and Alma Dell Smith, Ph.D.).
  • 80 percent of Americans say that during the past few years they have become more aware of how their mental health and emotions can affect their physical health (APA 2005).
  • Two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms (American Academy of Family Physicians).
  • More than 1/3 of Americans say they have had an illness that was primarily caused by stress (APA 2005).
  • 78 percent of Americans said they would go to a psychologist if he/she could help manage stress (APA 2005).

  • 68 percent of Americans said they would visit a psychologist to deal with physical symptoms that are emotional in nature (APA 2005).
  • 54 percent of Americans said they would see a psychologist to prevent the day-to-day stress that can build up from becoming a problem (APA 2005)."

We are living in an epidemic of stress.  Collectively and individually we must commit to reducing stress and the adverse effects of stress upon our lives. 

Mental fitness training is one way to improve your strength and resiliency for coping with stress.  Mental fitness training is much like physical fitness training.  The more you exercise your mind or your body, the stronger you become and more capable of managing stress.

It is important to design your life so the adverse affects of stress can be minimized.  Counseling, coaching,  exercising, relaxing and mental fitness training are some of the ways to manage stress.

Remember, You Live within the Environment and Body Created by Your Choices!

Dr. Hal

Life and Mental Fitness Coach



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