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Stress Is Sort Of Funny

Feb 9, 2008
Stress is funny. Not ha-ha funny, but odd funny. It can motivate you to improve your life. But, it can also ruin your health and your life.

It depends on how much stress you have and what kinds of stress. It also depends on what your past has taught you - how your mind has learned to deal with stress.

The physical signs of stress are supposed to help you survive - fight or flight. In the modern world, this is very rarely any help. Most stress today is psychological.

Psychological stress will come from issues such as concern about money, relationships, and your health. Your body's physical reaction to stress does not help these situations. Since these situations are common and long-lasting, your body can potentially be in a constant state of stress.

This is what causes stress related health problems as varied as headaches, insomnia, trouble thinking clearly, depression and digestion problems. Health problems from stress eventually just increases the stress you already have.

It is obvious that managing and reducing your stress is a priority. There are thousands of people offering you advice on how to do this. You will need to find what works for you. What advice is most helpful for your situation and your way of doing things?

Finding the right choice for yourself is easier when you are more aware of what causes your stress and how you experience it.

It helps to decide if your stress is from situations or behaviors - Is your stress in proportion to the current situations or does it feel blown out of proportion? It may not be easy to figure this part out on your own.

If your stress is situational, what are the situations and can they dealt with in a practical way? Do you have the time and energy to get some form of exercise and a proper diet? (I know from personal experience, if I have high stress, it is when my life is too busy to work-out or get to the grocery store for planned meals. That's when I need to slow down.)

If it is behavioral, spending some time looking at the situation analytically may help. Look at your past and see if it is affecting your present, such as memories of past emotional trauma. (The stronger the emotion, the more vivid the memory. The more vivid the memory, the stronger the stress you will continue to feel from it.)

After becoming more aware of your stress, you will have a better idea of how to take care of it.

Situational stress you can work through and will eventually be behind you. Behavioral stress may need outside help to get behind you and may take a little more time to get beyond. It IS possible, will take some effort, and IS worth doing.

If you have a behavioral stress controlling your life, seek professional help. Medication is sometimes an answer, though many people that have used medication for stress, experience side effects that are a trade-off. They sometimes say they would rather feel stressed than live in a daily fog of medication.

Explore and educate yourself about your options. Then, make use of them. When it comes to improving your life, the only poor choice is to not try.
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