Stress: The Silent Killer
December 22, 2011 22 Comments
We all suffer from stress in our lives.
Stress can come from anything.
It can range from near-death experiences, to a death of a loved one, or just common everyday living.
Stress can help you focus on meeting deadlines for school or work. However, most of the time stress is seen as a negative and rightfully so.
Technically, stress is not created by external events.
Stress is OUR RESPONSE to external events in our everyday life. When we feel overwhelmed, and feel that we can not cope with what is happening, we feel anxiety which is equivalent to stress.
Physical Effects From Stress:
Our physical approach to stress is a double edged sword.
When our bodies try to cope with stress, it converts energy it has to help you deal with the situation at hand. Because of this effect, our immune systems are compromised, making it much easier to get sick from common colds and the flu.
For people who have heart problems, stress will only increase your chances of heart disease.
Stress from job situations (or lack thereof) can result in insomnia.
Psychological Effects From Stress:
Chronic stress and a lack of coping resources available or used by an individual can often lead to the development of psychological issues such as depression or anxiety.
Depression and anxiety are psychological symptoms from stress.
My Advice to Deal with Stress:
Talking – This is the BEST way to relive stress.
I know it is not easy, and it sometimes can be tough to find someone that truly cares about hearing what is going on with you, but you owe it to yourself to at least reach out to people who care about you.
Exercise – If you can not reach out, exercise instead.
Sometimes, I don’t feel like talking to anyone.
If that is the case, I will go exercise.
Exercise helps me get rid of my physical stress.
Activities such as running, lifting weights, and playing sports have been GREAT stress relievers for me.
Music – Put on your headphones and just zone out.
Sometimes closing your eyes and just letting go of any attachment you may feel can be just as rewarding.
Meditation is a great way to relieve stress.
By meditating, you can clear your mind of all your worries and problems and tune into a more positive state.
Thinking positive means not thinking stressful thoughts and in turn, not experiencing stressful emotions and feelings.
Stress is very dangerous and I’ve seen it take it’s toll on people.
It is crucial for the betterment of your life to find ways to manage or eliminate stress.
You owe it to yourself.
You have one life to live.
Why live it in such a stressful and negative way?
That is not fair to you and the people around you.
Have fun with life, it is only temporary!