We live in a world that thrives on fast-paced lifestyles. Unfortunately, these routines leave people stressed beyond their means with a lack of resolve.
Stress is a tricky subject. There are so many symptoms, causes and triggers that it’s hard to pinpoint a specific situation until it’s gotten out of control.
Everyone experiences it. Most encounter stress each and every day.
Some have learned to cope well, while many suffer through a miserable existence.
And that’s why we’re starting this series. Too many people go throughout their day-to-day lives in utter distress and suffering. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not living that way.
Today is the first post in the series. We’ll cover the three types of stress that are common among all people, in all nations and walks of life. Then, each sequential post will go into more depth on these individual stressors and how to relieve that stress.
Without further ado, welcome to the first installment of the Relief from Stress series...
1. Dealing with Relationship Problems
We have all sorts of relationships in our lives.
And the unfortunate reality of relationships: they will - at one point or another - cause you deep stress and pain. It’s just the nature of human connection.
“We hurt the ones we love the most…”
You’ve probably heard that phrase more than once in your life. Personally, I’ve found it quite true. When you genuinely care about someone, they will eventually cause you pain. And - in turn - you will eventually cause them pain.
This isn’t just romantic relationships.
It applies to every real connection in your life: family, friends, even your coworkers. They can all hurt you, cause you stress and make you feel like your life is ruined.
A old friend of mine used to say, “People will always fail you. Perhaps not intentionally, but they will. It could be through their actions, through their words or even through death. But, eventually, they will. And that’s okay, because you’ll fail someone too. It’s just the truth of human connection.”
I always thought that was such a sad way of viewing the world. And while I don’t personally prescribe to such pessimistic views, there is a bit of truth in that saying.
Dealing with relationship problems is hard.
You’ve probably seen things like family issues, divorce or work drama seemingly ruin someone’s life. It’s a common thread in television shows and movies… Why? Because it’s relatable.
But despite the inevitable stress, there’s hope.
You can overcome this types of stress. It could be a one time occurrence, like death or a breakup. Or it could come from chronic problems like frequent fighting or unresolved tension. Regardless of the source or length, there’s hope.
READ MORE: How to Reduce Stress Caused by Relationships
2. Handling the Daily Stresses of Your Career
I’m feeling stress about my job right now, how about you? If I had a guess, I’d say that you understood that feeling all too well.
Chances are, if you have a job, it stresses you out.
Personally, I adore my job. It gives me the opportunity to help people and do things that I love each and every day. I get the opportunity to witness lives being changed and pain become mended.
Yet, despite all the wonderful things I love, it causes me stress.
Millions of people report being stressed out at their job on a daily basis. In my experience, this type of stress comes from one (or both) of these two sources:
- Excessive workload and responsibilities
- A lack of appreciation and recognition
This type of stress creeps up on you. Maybe you don’t even realize the toil that it takes on you each day. But trust me, if left unchecked, it could ruin your life in so many ways.
One of the first things that happens is burnout.
You become so stressed that the job you love is now the job you hate. Instead of waking up excited about what you can accomplish, you dread opening your eyes because it means another work day. Mondays have become an unrelenting chore that you utterly despise. There is no longer any joy or fulfillment in the career you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
And if it continues, things only get worse.
- Job performance suffers.
- You fall into depression.
- It begins to affect your family.
- Friendships even fall apart.
- Depression worsens.
Ultimately, there have even been numerous occasions where unchecked career stress has led to suicide. What a tragic ending that started with something so simple: stress.
3. Facing the Crippling Stress of Money
If you’ve never dealt with the crippling stress of money, I envy you. Count yourself an incredibly blessed person. (In fact, why don’t you go ahead and press that donate button at the top of this page…)
Financial problems are one of the most common stressors in the world.
It can leave you brokenhearted, depressed and even homeless. Money drives our society, and without it we cannot live comfortably.
Money has broken up friendships, destroyed marriages and caused businesses to crumble.
In fact, if this section is hitting a little too close to home for you, I understand. Even as I write, I can think of times that money has stood in the way of something I needed or someone I loved. I’m sure that I’m not alone in that reality.
We can easily identify how stress caused by money can lead to a ruined life.
Much like career stress, people have even gone as far as taking their own life because they couldn’t handle the pressure any longer. It’s an incredibly sad situation.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Regardless of your financial situation, there’s a way to cope with the stress that comes with it. Now, I can’t promise that you’ll find your way out and become rich. That’s just not a probable truth for most people. In fact, you may suffer with financial issues your entire life.
However, that doesn’t mean that you have to deal with the crippling stress.
There are ways to manage that stress that can help you lead a fulfilled, happy and healthy life. Despite what many think, money isn’t the answer to life. And it’s certainly not the answer to stress. After all, if it wasn’t money, it’d be something else.
The key lies in managing your stress - all types of stress - not simply removing the cause.
READ MORE: How to Reduce Stress Caused by Finances
Don’t Leave Your Life in Ruins
Just because these stressors have the potential to ruin your life doesn’t mean they have to.
I welcome you to join us on this Relief from Stress series. We’ll go into more depth about how you can overcome each type, while leading a joyful, fulfilled life.
There’s no reason to live your life in pain. And we want to help you remove that - whether it’s through a healing session or a series of helpful articles. It’s our goal to help you out of the darkness and into the light of a happy life.