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Dealing with Stress

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What do you do when you are stressed? Sometimes, situations, work, school or even family could add an ounce of stress in our life. How do you deal with it?

Some people deal with it by going on a shopping spree and are called compulsive shoppers. They shop to deal with their stressful life. Compulsive shopping hides a more serious problem and is only a symptom of the serious issues people might be dealing with. Drug addicts or alcoholics just have different symptoms for the same issue. They smoke or drink to escape from their stressful life.

You shop to escape from yours. The truth is, after that initial adrenaline rush, after the euphoria of adding a new dress, pair of shoes or whatever it is to your collection, you are not any better. Why? Because you are not being honest with yourself, you are not tackling the issues; you are using something to get rid of the symptom, but not of the disease.

Stress, doctors say, usually comes from fear of the unknown, the future, and death. However, Allah (SWT) has already provided us with prevention against those fears.
"And We will most certainly try you with somewhat of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient" (2:155).
So next time you face a stressful situation, identify the cause and then work to reduce or eliminate that cause. In this new year, conquer stress, rather than letting it conquer you. Happy 2010!