What being in a stressful state means to you?
Gaining awareness of being in an escalated state in order to manage it well
“My life is a total mess because of you,” Sally shouted at the top of her lungs. “Well, that makes the two of us!”, came an equally sharp response from Peter.
Fights in the Smith household were becoming a common sight. And, more often than not, it was Peter who would exacerbate the situation by saying or doing something that would tick Sally off and pull her into the conflict.
However, it wasn’t always like this, they led a more “normal” life until a couple of months back, when Peter was relieved from his job. The current state of the economy and scarcity of jobs resulted in him being extremely edgy and impulsive. He would take simple statements said by Sally personally and over-react.
Clearly, Peter was stressed, and it was showing in his relationships!
We often ignore the long-term effects of stress. We consider stress as a way of life and normalize whatever comes with it. A little stress here and there is normal, but even when you pull a rubber band long enough, it is bound to snap!
In addition to the mental health problems that are clearly associated with stress, like depression and anxiety, chronic stress has been found to manifest on the physical body as well.
Cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, abnormal heart rhythms, stroke, obesity, sexual dysfunction etc., have all been scientifically found to be linked to long-term stress.
Hence, gaining awareness of when you are in an escalated, stressful state becomes even more important.
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