Stress: A Modern Day Killer
Not managing and coping with the 'little stuff' and common, yet difficult life events have emerged as one of the most significant contributors to accidents, loss of memory, the decline in health, and even, heart disease and cancer. When stress is prolonged or ignored, the body, relationships, productivity, and our lives are deeply affected.
The experience of being stressed is very personal, as is how we stress. First, we are conditioned by family and culture on how to stress and what are to be considered stressors. Example: Mom is afraid of storms,
children are afraid of storms.
Symptoms vary from person to person and are dependent on many factors --
mental conditioning, personal resources, culture, family, lifestyle, and the health of your mind/body. Basically, what happens in your life and how you responded to the events -- your beliefs, inner resources, and external support system, will determine how you cope and manage in the long term.
Dramatic and unwanted shifts in life can appear suddenly, and can be confusing because we want life to always be going well. Current stressors can awaken old feelings and patterns and you feel added psychological, physical and environmental stress in your life all over again.
Not to be ignored, generational stress, trauma, and stressful events can surface during critical milestones, transitions, ages or events, and have a profound effect on your life whether you want to realize the connection or not. Some of these stressors are repeat burdens of the family ancestry.
Examples of stress that can impact our lives:
CURRENT DAY: Money and business losses, grief, "giving too much," fears, sadness, worry, accidents, trauma, illness, surgery, conflicts, fights, a psychiatric diagnosis, to name a few.
ANCESTRAL (Inherited patterns and trauma): a mother who died young; granddad failed in his career too; three family members who committed suicide; aunts and uncles with addictions, childhood abuse, emotional and lifestyle patterns, rejected family members, illnesses, the age of trauma, to name a few.
Symptoms of Stress: Any pain, discomfort or changes in the body, mind, emotional, behaviors and lifestyle that influences your well-being.
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