Recover From Stuttering - Managing Stress Will Help Control Stuttering

Newsletter 12: February 2011

All of us will experience situations that may cause us to become stressed or feel anxious. Stress is a normal function of everyday life. Only when it appears to take over our lives does it then become a problem. Everyone will have different reasons why a situation causes them pressure. As a rule it's usually when we don't feel in control of a situation, then we feel its grip tightening around us causing us to feel worried or 'stressed'. For people who stutter, the feeling of not being in control of speech fluency can be very stressful.

There is a difference between stress and anxiety. Stress comes from the pressures we feel in life. As we are pushed by work or any other task that puts undue pressure on our mind and body, adrenaline is released. Extended stay of this hormone causes negative effects. One of these negative effects is anxiety. With anxiety, fear overcomes all emotions, accompanied by worry and apprehension. Stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor or stressor. Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or even anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another. Anxiety is stress that continues after that stressor is gone. Anxiety can be brought on in many ways. Obviously the presence of stress in your life can make you have anxious thoughts. Many people who suffer from anxiety disorders occupy their mind with excessive worry. For many people who stutter, this worry can be about stuttering issues.

Everyone handles stress differently, some better than others. Left unchecked, however, stress can cause physical, emotional, and behavioural disorders which can affect your health, vitality, and peace of mind, as well as personal and professional relationships. If you are a person with a stutter, you don't have to be a victim of anxiety from stuttering. Speech fluency can be controlled, it's all about self-discipline.

Obsessive negativity could also be impeding your healing process and stopping you from enjoying stress-free speech. Recognizing this behaviour can be a great first step toward controlling fluency. When you are obsessively negative, it means that you have a tendency toward being "negative" about people, places, situations and things in your life. Perhaps you find yourself thinking things like, "I can't do this!" or "No-one understands!" or "Nothing ever works!", for example. You may be doing this unconsciously, but essentially you have what's known as a "sour grapes" attitude. It holds you back from knowing what it's like to view life from a positive lens and enjoy the beauty in yourself and people around you!

Two major approaches to manage stress are the action-oriented approach and the emotion-oriented approach. If stuttering is causing you stress, then be proactive - take action by learning and using your fluency technique as recommended. Be committed to succeed. Also, check your thinking. "Don't Worry, Be Happy!"

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month


I allow my friends and family to encourage me if I slip up in my quest to maintain fluency. I accept their help to reinforce my technique. My fluency is important to me.

The Ezy-Speech Team

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