Dealing with stress and life
All of us – students, police officers, waitresses, actors, and programmers – cannot avoid the inevitability that we have to face on a daily basis: stress. Add in the fact that we have person (non work/activity related) stress and life can seem overwhelming at times. If not properly addresses, stress has the ability to develop into other wonderful, heart warming things, such as depression or anxiety. So, in order to stay off a serious mental health issue, what is one to do?
Well, the first (and obvious) answer is cut down the level of stress in ones life. Have a very stressful job? Get a new one. Are unhappy in your relationship? Get out. Don’t like dealing with people? Find a situation that allows you to have minimal contact with individuals. I understand that you may have built a life based on your current situation, so making a drastic change won’t be that easy. If you have gotten used to making $150K a year, it will be very difficult to change your lifestyle to live on $50K.
Maybe that big mortgage will have to go away or you’ll have to stop dining out on a regular basis. No matter how you look at it, if you have making a drastic change in your life, you will have to adjust most, if not all, aspects of your life. I know that this easier said than done, but the fact of the matter is sometimes change is the only way.
But what if you don’t want to make a change or there is absolutely no way to make a change? I would suggest finding some healthy activity to release that stress. Join a volleyball league, volunteer, do yoga… whatever! Find something that allows you to decompress and let the stress level lower.
Notice the key word in the paragraph above – healthy. I understand it is easy to find an escape in food, buying things, sex, alcohol or hard core drugs. If you take this approach you are not address the issue, rather masking what is really going on in your life. Chances are, doing so will increase the severity of your condition as well as create a difficult and unhealthy situation for those around you.
If you must have a situation in your life that is overwhelmingly stressful, and you cannot remove yourself from it, and no matter what release you attempt, it’s time to find professional help. There is nothing wrong with it.