Stress is a word used by millions of Americans every day, to describe the mental, emotional or physical turmoil they are experiencing. Causes of stress range from stubbing your toe, to a fender-bender, to the death of a loved one. Everyday stressors such as being late to work or having to stay late, can be overcome with the use of healthy stress management behaviors. But what if the stress never ends? What if work or school problems, money problems, health problems, relationship problems, etc., all pile up within a couple of years?
Chronic stress is the kind that makes it hard to sleep, depresses the immune system, increases anxiety, depression and frustration, and makes you feel too sick to enjoy life. Stress has a significant impact on mental and physical health, and unfortunately most people don’t realize how much stress they’re actually under. If you started a new job two months ago, ended a relationship six months ago, and watched details of a mass shooting on TV ten months ago, all of these things could be adding to your stress levels today.
Learning new skills to lessen the effects of stress and improve your mental health and well-being is essential.