Is Stress Killing You?

The subject of stress is a vast labyrinth of information. It is a maze of crossroads that can be very difficult to sort through. Stress is misunderstood and the word is often used incorrectly/ It is actually a built-in trigger mechanism which serves a very important purpose. It’s intended function is to alert us to danger so we can determine which action to take. In a case of physical danger, we may choose to stand and fight, or turn and run. In a case of an emotional attack, we may choose to react inappropriately or respond in a healthy manner.

We may experience stress with illness, marriage, divorce, finals at school, or a number of different situations.  Some situations may last longer and be more intense than others but most often, the stressful situations are temporary. With the loss of a loved one, the grieving process is very traumatic, but with the passage of time, the depth of pain often subsides and we are left with fond memories. However, the stress may become long-term and chronic if those memories are traumatic.

When stress is long-term and becomes chronic it is termed “Distress” or “Chronic Stress.” This is where it becomes so dangerous to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The symptoms are numerous and greatly contribute to disease and premature death. It is important to note, the word ‘disease” simply means “dis-ease.” The body is not at ease. It is in turmoil, resulting in illness to the body and even the brains ability to function. The symptoms of chronic stress may be categorized as follows:

 

  • Cognitive Symptoms
  • Emotional Symptoms
  • Physical Symptoms
  • Behavioral Symptoms

 

These symptoms are inter-connected, all encompassing, and very damaging. In order to combat the dreadful effects, we must first comprehend what these effects actually are and their cause. I go deeper into these on the page titled “Types of Symptoms.” Long term chronic stress is deadly. It is a slow killer. It takes its time devouring our bodies, minds, and positive emotions, and our over-all wellbeing.

We live in a world constantly bombarded with negativity, toxic chemicals, radiation, media programming, financial crisis, and global instability. Most of us have become so accustomed to fatigue, we think it is normal. It takes all our energy just to keep a roof over our heads and our families fed. For most of us, when we are done paying our bills, we have no money left and are too tired to enjoy some desperately needed time to ourselves. The mainstream news bombards us with bad news, while leading us to believe our left/right paradigm is a standard by which we must live. Out of fear of being labeled as societal misfits, mentally unstable, or any number of negative labels, we conform to the societal norms bestowed upon us.

Though alternative news presents information which often uncovers disturbing facts about our governments, many express frustration and feel it offers little or no solutions or means of dealing with the situation, leaving us to feel helpless and hopeless. And for many even suicidal. With looming threats of economic collapse, terror threats, disease, wars, inflation, unemployment, taxes, foreclosures, bankruptcy, threat of emp’s, asteroids, planet x, alien invasions, and increased governmental controls, it is no wonder so many people are deeply depressed. Helplessness and hopelessness are two major factors of severe depression. Today, depression is an epidemic. More and more people are on dangerous toxic antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs which are having devastating long-term side effects.

The human body was not designed to handle the level of prolonged stress humanity is under. Just as our earth releases pressure through volcanoes, earthquakes, and other means, so do our bodies. There is only so much we can handle before we begin to release the pressure, and unless this is done in a healthy, natural manner, our bodies will suffer damage. With a little knowledge of what is really happening to us and the world around us, we can take our lives back. We can find peace. Yes, it is overwhelming but we can learn to join together in our struggles and pull through this. It must first start in the heart of the individual. We cannot save the world if we ourselves are broken. And we are broken but not beyond repair. So, let’s take a look at how our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are all tied together. When I refer to spiritual health, I am not referring to religion but to the fact that we are more than just physical beings. We are designed to experience, create, and grow, not to live under the repressive powers that exist on this planet.

This site is not about statistics, though they will be referenced from time to time. It is about the human species and what is happening to us. It was not created to instill fear, it was created to spread knowledge and truth, and to form a strong support group so we can heal ourselves and this planet. There is hope. We are not helpless. I have heard it said, “We are the ones we have been waiting for,” and this is so true. It is possible to heal physically. The body was designed to heal. But chronic stress will inhibit physical healing, if not completely destroy any chance of it. We can take our lives back and restore our overall health if we truly desire to do so.