Stress: A Modern Day Killer
Not managing and coping with the 'little stuff' and common, yet difficult life events have emerged as one of the most significant contributors to accidents, loss of memory, the decline in health, and heart disease as well as
cancer. Prolonged stress deeply affects all aspects of our lives
But is this true?
The experience of being stressed is very personal, as is how we respond to it, and more importantly, what we believe about stress. Research at Stanford reports that if we believe that stress is bad, it does effect the heart and immunity -- more so than if we allow the emotions and then take the appropriate actions to deal with them. People report the same amount of stressors, but the people who had more casual beliefs that it will pass, that they can do whatever they need to, or that stress happens, had reduced heart damage and other damaging influences to the body.
Here are some other things to consider:
First, we are conditioned by family and culture on what is to be considered stressors and how to behave when stressed if we are to stress at all. Example: Mom is afraid of storms; children can learn to become afraid of storms.
Symptoms vary from person to person and are dependent on many factors -- mental conditioning, personal resources, culture, inherited family stresses, lifestyle demands, and the health of your mind/body. Basically, what happens in your life and how you responded to the events -- your beliefs, inner resources, and external support system, will determine how well you cope with life shocks when they occur in the future.
Dramatic and unwanted shifts in life can appear suddenly and can be confusing because we want life to always be going well. Current stressors can awaken old feelings and patterns and you feel added psychological, physical and environmental stress in your life all over again.
Not to be ignored, generational stress, trauma, and stressful events can surface during critical milestones, transitions, ages or events, and have a profound effect on your life whether you want to realize the connection or not. Some of these stressors are repeat burdens of the family ancestry.
Examples of stress that can impact our lives:
Current life: Money and business losses, grief, "giving too much," fears, sadness, worry, accidents, trauma, illness, surgery, conflicts, fights, a medical diagnosis, to name a few.
Inherited trauma: A mother who died young; "...granddad failed in his career like I did"; three family members who committed suicide; aunts and uncles with addictions, childhood abuse, emotional and lifestyle patterns, rejected family members, illnesses, to name a few.
Symptoms of Stress: Any pain, discomfort or changes that affect health, mind and emotions, habits and behaviors, career and lifestyle that influences your well-being.
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