Stress is hard on the mind — this much we intuitively know. But what we may not realize is how much our DAILY REACTIONS to stress take a cumulative toll on our minds.
For the first time I am finding the strength to talk about this experience with you, embarrassing at the time, however a historical fact that was a life changing experience in overcoming stress.
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine used data from national surveys (the Midlife Development in the United States Series and National Study of Daily Experiences) to assess the daily stressors and reactions to stress of roughly 700 participants between the ages of 25 and 74. The stress profile for these participants covered eight consecutive days, during which they reported stressful situations encountered and their reactions to those situations.
My encounter was feeling extremely depress for days, it was losing my family, home and my job in the space of a few years. Tears would take me to bed every night, it was difficult when I am by nature a planner and I had lost control of most things that I held dear to me, and had no clue what stress reliever was or the first step in overcoming stress.