What Is A “Stress Tsunami”?

What Is A "Stress Tsunami"?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the serious stress managingI had to do when I lost my USB drive.

Sometimes, when dealing with a stressful event, we can mange the immediate impact pretty well. However, that doesn’t mean our stress management work is done!

A good example is my lost USB drive…..

Over the past couple weeks I have noticed myself struggling at times with my focus, energy, & motivation. For me, these happen to be a couple of my stress responses. I found myself needing to “manage” my way though them.

So, I wanted to call attention this week to what I discovered over 20 years ago. I call it  “Stress Tsunami“.

Think of stress as being like an earthquake that happens in our lives & can ‘shake things up’.

Sometimes when an earthquake hits near a body of water, it can cause a tidal wave, or a tsunami. This does’t happen right away, it is actually a delayed response.

The same thing can happen to us when we are dealing with stress. Stress hits us & then, sometimes, we can still be hit several days (or weeks) later with a tidal wave or  “tsunami”  of more stress responses. Just as we’re limited in preventing an earthquake tsunami from happening, we can be limited in preventing a “Stress Tsunami” from happening.

The best way to manage & get through a “Stress Tsunami” is by taking the following actions:

  1. Recognize it – become very aware of your stress responses.
  2. Accept it – avoid making it worse with a negative attitude.
  3. Manage it – Use your LifeTools to minimize it’s impact on you & your health.


About Carol Rickard, LCSW

Carol Rickard is stress & wellness expert who teaches people how to take control of anxiety and stress in as little as 60 seconds using a groundbreaking system she developed during her 30 years of clinical practice. She's been a featured expert in media including Readers Digest, Woman's World Magazine, and Dr. Oz's The Good Life. Carol has trained organizations such as NJ State Police, Philadelphia International Airport, Princeton University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and US Department of Energy. Want To Cut Anxiety & Stress In 1/2? Go to - TryStressRescue.com

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