Speaking of stress, it will kill you faster than obesity, cigarettes, and a sedentary life style. A cardiologist told me that everyone's # 1 daily goal should be to eliminate stress from their lives. I took him seriously and started practicing stress elimination and it is kinda miraculous. Twice in the past week, situations came up where I had to make a concious decision to take the less stressful route. One situation involved IRS-- that is definitely a stress producer. I decided to take the route of least resistance=less stress, although I really wanted to pursue the situation ad infinitum and TELL THEM OFF and write crappy letters, etc. This could have gone on for a year and I would have felt better...probably. But, decided it wasn't worth the tension & let it go.
I will not do anything that increases the stress if it is avoidable.
These docs know what they are talking about. To get off of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, cigs, eating, booze, ...screaming, whatever you use to cope...takes time but the beginning is to take a long hard look at what we are doing that contributes to increasing our stress levels.
Some people say learning to say "NO" is the first step.