The S-Word

(2C) STARTING OFF RIGHT:

WHAT

IS

The disturbing and demoralizing, haunting and lingering, frustrating and depressing thought settles into reality.

Hands down the worst type of thought, emotion, mood, whatever you want to call it.

We all experience some sort of STRESS. It swallows up a huge portion of human life. It feels like a heavy dumbbell crashing you down and anchoring you against the ground.

SYMPTOMS of stress include:

  • Sleepless nights
  • Aches and pains
  • Low energy
  • Scattered thinking
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of humour
  • Increased negativity

Stress also causes and develops serious illnesses and diseases: ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, CANCER, and a boatload of other complications can erupt within human beings. It’s important to find ways to help others and ourselves reduce stress, prevent stress, and treat stress for the future.

Psychologist Connie Lillas uses a driving analogy to describe three common ways people respond when stress gets the best of them:

1) Foot on the gas: angry and agitated stress response. You’re heated, furious, overly emotional, and unable to sit still.Lead-Foot

2) Foot on the brake: depressed and withdrawn stress response. You shut down, don’t care, space out, and show little energy and emotion.

Foot on Brake

3) Foot on both: tense and frozen stress response. You freeze under pressure, look paralyzed, but under the surface you’re extremely angry.

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Stress comes in two forms: external and internalExternal stress includes life changes, work, relationship difficulties, financial problems, family, and being too busy. However stress can come from within as well. Internal stress include negativity, perfectionism, and unrealistic expectations.

Check out the following insightful information provided from the help guide:

“Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response.

The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.

The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you’d rather be watching TV.

But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.”

Click here for a full analysis of stress from the help guide!

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Human instinct and emotion allows people to understand feelings amongst others and ourselves, so it’s almost impossible to escape stress. Unless you just don’t care about anything, which includes less than a percent of our world’s population, stress gnaws at us day after day. Right when you think stress packs its bags to travel out of our body and mind, it decides to stay and unpack for another hopeless night.

The WAY in which we confront and prevent stress is ultimately up to us. We need to help each other deal with stress and prevent it in the future so we can live a happy and healthy life as well as live up to our potential as human beings.

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Click on the guide to get started against the battle of stress.

Let us know how you defeat stress. Please leave a reply below to help our community win the battle against the s-word!

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