IMPACT OF STRESS

Habakkuk 3.17-18 – Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.

Hardship often can lead to some form of stress, whether it be anxiety or an overwhelming sense of pain. Stress more than often affects us physically. Our bodies are designed to handle stress for short periods of time. In fact stress is good in that it heightens our senses, allows us to think on the run , keeps hunger at bay when we need stuff done urgently. It makes us alert , protects us from being injured by releasing inflammatory makers should we be injured in our rush to get things done … not such a bad thing so long as it’s only for a season and not long-term. Stress becomes an issues if its chronic. If you are experiencing hardship or going through a tough time in your life, it is vital that you take time out to relax, find solace in prayer , journal your thoughts , your feelings, your hurts , disappointments and acknowledge what you are grateful for despite the prevailing circumstances. Have fun, have a bubble bath or just soak yourself in a Epsom salt bath,These moments though short , are very important to bring down the stress hormones .

The stress hormone cortisol may cause unwanted effects in the body if it is released over an extended period. Signs and symptoms of chronic stress include:

  • Anxiety attacks or panic attacks
  • Inability to sleep or maintain sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite in some people there is increased appetite
  • Dry scaly skin,
  • Digestive problems such as constipation , diarrhea, just feeling uncomfortable in the stomach
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Thyroid malfunction
  • Metabolic issues

Studies have shown that people going through divorce or separation may develop chronic diseases during that period . On the scale of the most stressful life events, divorce is right there next to the death of a loved one. Do not under estimate the pain you are going through and the overall effect it will have on you.

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