Stress has a way of sneaking up on all of us. It is a silent killer, and yes, that might sound a bit melodramatic. Regardless, we must find a healthy balance and discover ways to manage stress.
The reality is that stress does, ultimately, deteriorate our physical and emotional health. It is largely responsible for numerous chronic health problems and illnesses. Stress robs us of achieving and maintaining a healthy balance—of enjoying our utmost productivity, creativity, life purpose, joy, and quality of life.
We often justify or make excuses for obvious signs that we are out of balance due to chronic stress. We blame this constant state of emotional unrest on all the “musts” in our lives: Our family responsibilities, problems that cause us to worry endlessly, or our need to multitask all the time to fulfil life demands. We abandon self-care, citing “I don’t have time for me time” as the reason.
Meanwhile, our emotional stress grows, sometimes to the point that we don’t know a life without it. This is, in a nutshell, the daily existence of so many people.
This point occurs when the body goes into survival mode. It senses an overload of stress, and in doing what our bodies do best—trying to keep us alive—it shuts down. The body is sometimes smarter than we are. If we don’t do something to slow down and stop our stress, our body will flip the switch and say, “Party’s over.” If you think about it, this is a rather phenomenal survival instinct that we all have. By essentially shutting down, our bodies force us to do what we should have done long ago to manage our mounting stress: Rest. Slow down. Take the pressure off.
The shutting down of the body due to stress looks a bit differently for everyone. For some, it is a nervous breakdown, a rock bottom; depression; physical symptoms like bodily aches and pains; the onset of a serious medical problem; extreme fatigue; and/or an inability to get out of bed for days (or even longer).
For these reasons, finding a healthy balance is essential. The effects of unaddressed, chronic emotional stress can be severe and devastating. It can impact your work and personal life, putting you out of commission or significantly affecting your ability to function. Awareness of this process is critical. Too many people believe they are an exception to the rule. Many people feel that they can take it—that they can handle the stress because they have to push forward. While we are strong enough to withstand short-term stress, even in severe forms, chronic, long-term stress—being deprived of a healthy balance on a long-term basis—will eventually lead to your body giving out in some way.
For more ways to eliminate stress have a read through some of my previous blogs linked below.