- Mental Health
Understanding Stress and What Impact It Has On Our Daily Lives
In today’s times everyone deals with some levels of stress. However when stress disrupts nearly every system in your body like blood pressure, depression, heart disease, digestive problems, sleep problems, skin conditions and the list can go on; then you have a problem. Most stress is caused by things that are out of your control. There are many causes of stress, it could be related to employment, family, financial problems, changes in your life, death or illness. Different people act different ways when under stress. Some become agitated staying annoyed and or moody. Some stay in a depressed mode isolating themselves from any help others can provide. Some turn to alcohol, cigarettes or even drugs. Some have picked up different nervous habits. Some begin to feel many different physical symptoms like new aches and pains, changes in appetite causing weight gain or loss.
You must learn to understand your stress, and learn some levels of stress are not all bad and begin to differentiate between the two. Examples of a good stress in some are people that complete task well under stress. It makes them take their levels up a notch and that’s not always bad. It will make some perform at a higher more professional level. However, if you’re suffering more of the negative affects you need to evaluate how you manage your stress. Before you panic about a situation try and relax so you can think, panic can fuzz the mind and prevents one from clearly focusing on a situation. If you are relaxed you can analyze your situation and understand what you are or are not able to do in that situation. If you cannot control the situation you must turn your focus on the positive, don’t get stuck on the negative.
There is a very wise bible verse that says, “Never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties.” We have to focus on the present and take care of today because tomorrow is promised to no one. Learn to control your stress levels. Talk to those close to you that can encourage you. No man is an island, everyone needs a shoulder at one time or another; use that resource.
Sometimes others will point out something you never thought of and with one spoken word it can change your negative thoughts to positive thoughts. Some people may need a change of scenery. Know yourself and take charge of your own thoughts and feelings. Whatever it takes to bring the unhealthy stress level down, that should be your focus.
High levels of daily stress if not controlled can ultimately lead to death by heart attack and or stroke. Why pose such an unnecessary sentence on your life? If it’s that intense and you feel you can’t deal, seek help, seek guidance, whatever you do don’t keep it to yourself. Understand your stress and take steps to save your health and let those around you that love you help you. Your stress not only affects you, it affects all those who love you. Understand your stress and make you a priority, take charge of your stress it’s never too late.
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