Stress is something that’s very difficult to cope with these days.
High unemployment, high underemployment, financial hardship, the high cost of healthcare, and millions of students and people around the world in massive debt.
It’s no wonder that stress is high. There are millions of people around the planet suffering.
That being said, did you know that stress impacts all of us in unique and different ways?
It’s important that you know how stress impacts you, depresses you, and effects your mind and body. It’s also important to realize that stress CAN be managed, and you’re about to learn how to cope with stress even when everything else seems hopeless.
Stress and Your Mind
Did you know that stress compounds itself in your mind? It’s a vicious cycle that’s never-ending.
Stress effects your mind in different ways; it negatively effects your mood, your irritability, your level of depression, and your propensity to abuse drugs, alcohol, and overeat. It also causes anxiety and social withdrawal when present in abundance.
The more stressful your life is, the more it cycles, the more it comes back around, and the less you can ease yourself into accepting that life is difficult. There’s a problem however, and that’s the dreadful impact stress has on your mind and your way of psychologically processing information.
Most people don’t realize that your brain actually releases negative chemicals when stress compounds, and eventually it can cause significant problems for your emotional wellbeing. Hormones and adrenaline are an unfortunate combination when stress occurs, and can actually cause you to feel tension, angry, sad, depressed, and perhaps even violent.
And the more stressed out you are? The less likely you are to calm down. The more emotional you become, the more prone you are to violent outbreaks and even suicidal thoughts. It’s a negative “tidal wave” that compounds upon your brain, and it can lead to problematic features that transcend your mind and negatively impacts your body.
Stress and Your Body
If you’re suffering from bodily harm from stress, you’re not alone. According to WebMD, 43% of all adults actively suffer from stress related health problems. Moreover, up to 90% of ALL doctor visits are the result of stress related ailments. Isn’t that a startling statistic? (SOURCE: webmd.com)
It’s no wonder, since stress actually compounds on the body, and acts as a vicious cycle with no end in sight.
When your mind is overly stressed, it transcends your mere thought processing and effects your body as a direct result.
Physical symptoms include headaches, muscle tension pain, chest pain, physical fatigue, a change in your sex drive, stomach cramps, high blood pressure, and the inability to get a restful night’s sleep.
As you might imagine, these problems actually feed off of one another. If you can’t get a good night’s sleep, your ability to cope with stress actually diminishes, and this in turn causes a vicious cycle of bodily neglect and harm.
Another unfortunate side effect of stress in the body is the propensity to become depressed, sad, gloomy, worrisome, and overly negative.
This depression can in turn lead to suicidal thoughts, a lack of physical activity, a significant decrease in motivation, and the brain can in turn trigger an increased demand for tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
Stress and Depression
One of the biggest dangers of prolonged stress is depression. Often the very inability to cope with stress is enough to lead to significant chronic depression.
Prolonged symptoms of stress can absolutely agitate and prompt depression, especially if you suffer from the inability to effectively manage stress, and the impact it has on your mind and body.
Fascinatingly enough, compounded stress and its correlated symptoms such as inability to sleep, inability to think clearly, and the inability to live a productive life all significantly compound and increase the odds of depression. In this way, it’s possible to totally spiral out of control into a pit of negativity if you don’t seek immediate help.
After understanding the impact stress has on the body and mind, it’s clear that depression is a top symptom of stress. Unfortunately, many that suffer from stress are unwilling to seek help, and go along with their lives when they’re in pain, emotional stress, and are actually suicidal.
Did you know that 38,364 people killed themselves in the USA during 2010 alone? In 2011, over 487,700 people were treated in Emergency Rooms that attempted suicide, and injuries from suicide cost over $41.2 billion dollars. (SOURCE: Center for Disease Control)
Stress and Your Productivity
It’s no wonder that stress can have significant impact on your productivity.
Stress causes depression, bodily harm, and mental harm, which in turn makes it almost impossible to live a healthy or productive lifestyle.
As previously alluded, it’s no wonder that up to 90% of doctor visitations are actually stress related, and with due cause; because people are typically overwhelmed with stress and it shows in their inability to live healthy and productive lives.
The Causes of Stress
Life causes stress. High unemployment, high underemployment, pressure at work, pressure with the family, the high cost of health insurance, and in some countries the inability to feed your family are significant causes of stress.
It’s no wonder that up to 90% of all doctor related visits are stress related. There’s no question that we live in a stressful world.
I alluded earlier that the symptoms of stress compound with one another and compile and agitate, the same is true in our stressful society.
In this day and age, most people are very unhappy with their work life, and that travels with them wherever they go. Workers feel like they’re underpaid, and employers demand more work with less time off, less benefits, and less pay.
Despite the notion that life is very stressful, there’s still hope if you learn how to effectively manage stress.
How to Manage Stress
Stress can be difficult to manage these days because of the reasons already discussed.
A dreadful economy, poor outlook on the future, and expensive healthcare are three massive variables that determine stress.
But, how do you manage stress?
There are a few things you should consider immediately, and that’s to focus on the positive things in life.
Often times it’s so easy to focus on the negative, and nobody can ever fault you for that. If you’re currently stressed out or depressed, it isn’t your fault.
Just remember that practical things you can do like increasing your exercise, increasing the quantity of water that you consume, a healthy diet, and communicating with a trusted friend or loved one can absolutely help manage stress.
Also, if you ever feel like you’re totally overwhelmed? Take a time out. Remember this; your health and mental wellbeing will ALWAYS be more important than your profession, or anything else that is stressing you out. So when you feel totally lost, and about to give up? Take a time out, and let everything fall where it may. It could save your mental and physical wellbeing, which is the most precious thing that you have.
Lastly, if you’re unable to manage stress on your own, and a healthy diet and exercise doesn’t fix your stress or depression, never feel ashamed to seek help. You can seek help at a doctor, or through a spiritual leader. These are the types of avenues that you can elevate your stressful problems to, and believe it or not, you won’t be the first person that’s approached them with a cry for help.
If you ever feel suicidal, it’s important that you seek council immediately, and remember that you’re not alone. If you ever feel depressed and sad? Remember that 90% of all doctor visitations are due to stress.
You’re not weak for seeking help, and you’re not weak for seeking council. You’re STRONG for seeking council and getting help with your problems.