Stress. The good, bad, and ugly

MedlinePlus defines stress as, “a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.”

A little bit here and there is good for the body but over a prolonged period stress can and usually will have very negative effects on the human body and mind. There is acute (short term) and chronic (long term) stress.

The human body reacts so differently to stressors but all humans produce hormones in the face of stress. There is no way to say what one person stresses over is the exact thing another will react to. Some of us handle stress better than others. For those who are exposed to chronic stress your body will begin to break down which can lead to several serious health conditions not limited to but can include menstrual issues, diabetes, obesity… and so much more.

Ways to reduce stress that are healthy are physical exercise. While in the light of stress most don’t consider a good work out what they need… it does work. Deep cleaning, running, aerobics, etc… can all be ways to reduce stress. As well, things like yoga and meditation or a day out.

Trying to reduce stress is a whole other issue. Many of us feel stuck in our jobs, our homes, our relationships. Thing is I’m going to give you the same advice I give to my own husband and family. ~ At night, when you lay your head down on your pillow… if you are not absolutely at peace with your life… then change it! ~

Is it going to be easy? Nope. Is it going to quick? Probably not. BUT I promise as you make changes in your life to reduce or eliminate stress – YOU WILL FEEL BETTER~

Reduce your screen time. Go outside. Put that phone down. Find a hobby you enjoy! Find your happy place. Do not cover up your peace with alcohol or drugs ~ that is temporary and will not fix the issues at hand.

For me, when stress takes over I like to go outside or pick up a craft! The fresh air lets me enjoy what Mother Earth has for us. Listen to the birds, watch the animals play. My hobbies are mostly crochet these days, but when life allows I love a good fishing trip!

Once or twice a year I get to the east coast and see the water, that is even better for me. So, find your peaceful place. If its under a tree… in a garden… in the library… go there and let life float away.

Always, take care of you or you will not be able to take care of others!

Author of young adult/fantasy / paranormal as well as poetry and more.