Modern life is stressful
I don’t know about you, but this has been a long and stressful winter for me.
On top of a very cold and snowy month, there have been family issues, health issues, car and home issues, etc., that have piled on, and I haven’t done a very good job taking care of myself.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Again and again I read articles about the seemingly endless stresses of modern life.
Stress is sneaky, too. We can carry a whole lot of it before we realize how much it’s weighing us down and wrecking our lives.
It’s so important to recognize the stressors in our lives and take steps to eliminate them or at least deal with them in a constructive and healthy way, because untreated stress can lead to some serious health problems down the road.
Ted-Ed Talks made an excellent YouTube video explaining How stress can make you sick. Occasional stress is normal and even helpful, but chronic stress—the result of months or years—can lead to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Because of the “brain-gut” connection, chronic stress can also affect digestion and lead to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and obesity.
At its worse, chronic stress can cause chromosomal damage and shorten our lives.
Take steps to de-stress
I’m sure this isn’t news to most people, but it’s a reminder that we need to regularly “check-in” on our emotional health and make lifestyle changes as needed to keep stress from overwhelming our lives.
Here are some online resources I have found helpful in learning more about stress and stress management:
- FamilyDoctor.org: Stress: How to cope better with life’s challenges
- American Psychological Association: How stress affects your health
- Healthfinder.gov: Manage Stress
- Stress Management blog: Reduce stress with these tips
- Health Grinder: 123 proven ways to reduce stress and relax (that’s a lot!)
As well as a couple of related post from Frugal Nurse:
- Home remedies for panic attacks
- De-stress with diaphragmatic breathing
- Adult coloring books for stress relief
And when I’m stressed, these are my go-to books: