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Let Go and Live

Updated on November 30, 2017

Tough World

We live in a world where a majority of people stay stressed. Stress can turn to anger or depression. Too much stress can sadly lead to suicide when some feel like they have no other way to escape it. It can close in around you until there is a feeling similar to suffocating. Are you drowning in all of your responsibilities? We live in a society where everyone has to be doing something. There seems to not be enough time in the day. No one can seem to slow down. We are always taking on more than we can handle. We want to seem like a super hero who is able to accomplish every task handed our way, but this is not the case. We cannot do everything. We also need breaks from what we are able to do. If we are not careful, then we will literally work ourselves to death. I remember reading about a 31-year-old Japanese woman who died from being overworked. The stress took its toll on her body. She died from working 159 hours. The world continued to go on almost as if she never existed at all. We can't get caught up in all of the turmoil.

Are You Drowning?

Are you constantly exhausted and worried about everything you do? You could be stressed. You may feel like you are the only one ever doing anything, but you are not alone in feeling this way. It may seem impossible to ever get relief from life. Sometimes you just need to breathe and let go. Take yourself out of reality and just relax. Whether it's a five minute breather in the bathroom hiding from the kids or a meditation session on the beach you can get some relief. Make time for yourself even if it is just a few minutes. That time is crucial to keeping your mind from being frantic and exploding.

Why Are You Stressed?

There are many different reasons why a person could be stressed. Some of these reasons include:

  • Money
  • Work
  • School
  • Relationships
  • Opinions (what others think)
  • Bullying/Peer pressure
  • Health
  • Death
  • Family and kids
  • Appearance
  • Responsibilites
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Drugs/Alcohol/Addiction
  • Time (not enough)

So once again I will ask. Why are you stressed? You need to define the issue before you can recover from the problem. Are there multiple reasons? Are you surrounded by stressful situations from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed?

The Stressful Facts

Stress is also known as the "silent killer". It can cause many health problems. Those issues can also bring about others. Beware of this silent killer as it can cause:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Heart attacks
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Tachycardia
  • Suicide
  • Death

Do you suffer from any of these complications? Don't become a victim of this killer. Don't let it be silent. Voice your concerns to someone you trust. Take a stand and make a change. Always remember that you are in complete control of every situation you put yourself in. Also, have a check up with your doctor to determine if you need any medications for these health problems and to figure out how to improve them.

My Story

Now, I might only be a 23-year-old young lady but stress can be seen in many different ages. I was working at a very popular retail store. Customers can be rude and holidays are chaotic. I was in the middle of moving out and wasn't making the money I wanted. I applied to multiple jobs to hopefully start a new life, but none of the interviews came through. Money was a big problem for me. My boyfriend didn't have a job at the time. It seemed like everything was laying on my shoulders. He ended up going through several jobs. He finally found one he loved and it brings in great money. My body was taking a toll on all of the stress I was putting on it. My diabetes was out of control and I was having stomach pain. I had finally had enough. Luckily, I was able to quit my job which is something many people can't do. It was the best decision I have ever made. I started walking some and exploring nature. I've been slowly working on my diabetes. I finally felt some relief. I thought I was stress free, but then my body had other ideas. My polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) started causing problems. A cyst appeared on one of my ovaries. It has been slowly disappearing, but now I have a dermoid cyst/tumor on my other ovary that is benign. I was told I would have to have surgery and that the ovary wouldn't be saved. Later on I found out that surgery is not going to be needed unless it grows in size or causes unbearable pain. I am now engaged and trying to conceive, but these conditions are making it harder to do so. I still stress out, but not as much. I suffer from anxiety which definitely doesn't help the situation. I try to relax and take time out of the day for myself. I always tell myself that things will eventually get better. I choose to trust in God which is a personal decision, but you can also choose to trust in your friends or loved ones.

What Can You Do?

You may feel overwhelmed from all of the things you deal with. There are ways to escape it all. Some ways take more time than others, but you have no excuse even if you only have a few minutes. Activities you can do to recover include:

  • Breathe
  • Laugh
  • Meditate/Pray
  • Talk to a friend or hangout
  • Exercise-walk, jog, yoga, play sports, etc.
  • Take a vacation
  • Go for a drive
  • Art-paint, draw, crafts, etc.
  • Write
  • Read
  • Take kids to the park or do an activity with them
  • Date night
  • Sex with your significant other
  • Have a drink, but don't get drunk
  • Chew gum
  • Eat chocolate/cocoa
  • Do what you love
  • Step away from the stressful situation
  • Relax

Go out and get creative. There are endless things you could do to escape from the stress in your life. Don't let it consume you. Remember the ones around you who need you in life. It can be recurring, but don't let that get you down. You can do this! Take the poll below letting me know what stresses you out. I put in my answer on the poll which is "Money". Maybe you will realize that you are not alone.

What stresses you out?

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© 2017 Kayla Adams


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