Stress ~ It Can Kill You

Do you feel like your gut is "tied into knots"? Is your hair falling out in clumps? Does your heart palpitate in your chest or, are you having trouble falling asleep?

Stress ~ It Can Kill You
Photo by Kat Jayne

Do you feel like your gut is tied in knots? Is your hair falling out in clumps? Does your heart palpitate in your chest or, are you having trouble falling asleep?  These are definite signs that your mind and body could be in "overload mode."

We are in a state of social unrest, now more than ever.  In many cases, we feel like life in of itself keeps kicking us down over and over again. It causes frustration, anger, helplessness, and depression.  It isn't easy having to deal with an unexpected layoff, pending foreclosure, lost benefits, failed marriage, or abuse of any kind. We're surrounded by it, even if we aren't directly affected, we can still feel passionately for those close to us who are.

Managing stress can seem daunting, especially when an onslaught endures for long periods of time.  Extreme anger and depression are harmful and can weaken how the body functions, especially the heart, it's arteries and glands. Worry and fear are major culprits as well. More and more people are combating extreme weight gain, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, shingles, heart attacks, and strokes because of the overwhelming stress in their lives. Stress kills.  Becoming aware of what causes it, can help towards adopting coping mechanisms to combat them.  Coping, however,  does not mean using alcohol as a crutch, losing yourself to drugs or, acting out aggressively.  Most times extreme stress can be associated with depression. 

Talking with someone on a professional level regarding overwhelming situations can help dramatically i.e. your pastor, a  clinical psychologist, and speaking with volunteer professionals available at an 800 Hotline (see list below).  There are other healthy stress relievers like taking a brisk walk, any form of regular exercise and participating in a sport you enjoy. Losing control is not a sign of weakness. Gaining control is a true symbol of strength and it begins with acknowledging the problem, finding a solution that works for you, and seeing it through.

Hotlines

  • 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
  • 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Depression
  • 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) Mental Illness
  • 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Substance Abuse