Is absolutely everyone stressed out these days?
More than three-quarters of the U. S. population say they regularly experience stress-related symptoms. Not just stressful events alone, but actual symptoms like fatigue, headaches, upset stomachs, muscle tension, change in appetite, anxiety, and depression.
Stress has become so commonplace, it’s temping to ignore or minimize it, hoping it will go away. After all, you don’t want to be the odd person out, the only one who isn’t complaining about how overwhelmed and stressed they are.
Or do you? Think about it for a moment.
The truth is, if you’re caught in chronic stress, there’s a very good chance your stress response will get stronger due to constant repetition. That means stress-related symptoms are likely to continue and probably worsen. And, on the long run, all the wear and tear on your body from chronic stress may contribute to the development of a serious condition like cardio-vascular disease or lowered immunity.
Deep in your heart, I’m sure you would love to say a relaxed but resolute “no” to stress this year. But how do you make it happen?