Don’t go down that road

32554750_MIt may sound like we are being alarmist, but we are not. Stress can kill you. While we don’t ever actually see “stress” listed on someone’s death certificate, it is the main culprit behind many fatal conditions. In fact, the list of common (fatal and non-fatal) disorders and ailments related to stress is longer than you think.

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Effects on the Body

  • Headache
  • Muscle tension
  • Increase in heart disease risk
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Bowel problems
  • Hormonal changes

Effects on the Mind

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Decreased motivation
  • Lack of focus
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritability

Effects on Behavior

  • Overeating
  • Undereating
  • Anger
  • Drug use
  • Social isolation

Quite frankly, so many unfortunate side effects can be traced back to stress. While we can’t completely eliminate stress (we live in a world filled with stressful situations that impact our day-to-day life) we do have to find effective ways to manage it. Our lives depend on it.

Managing your Stress

If you are experiencing active symptoms of stress, try taking up activities that are known to help ease stress and stressful situations. Have you investigated stress management activities? There are so many options out there, and depending on your personality and your passions, there’s bound to be something out there that will help you deal with stress.

For some people, this means a long drive or an afternoon on the beach, completely unplugged from the “real world.” For others, sky diving or rock climbing is more effective. Listen to your body, trust your instincts, and invest the time and energy into your well-being. It might seem frivolous to take an afternoon “off” to deal with overwhelming stress, but once you stop to think about how much your stress is impacting everyone around you, you’ll realize it isn’t a selfish act at all.

By | 2018-05-17T22:10:02+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments