We all have stress in our life. When things get a little crazier than usual. We have too much to do at work, many deadlines, sleep poorly, family issues, long to-do lists and our car breaks down. That’s just life.
It’s completely normal to have days and even short periods in our life, when we run just a little bit faster to get things done. Our body is built to handle short-term stress.
But, what I want to address today, is the long-term stress. That’s the dangerous stress that can become a chronic condition, when ignored. If you’ve been hanging around, you probably know already that I’ve been dealing with chronic stress for some time now, but I’ve not really addressed it here. I’ve mentioned it, but not really talked about it. Not because I didn’t want to, but I was too busy keeping my head above water and getting better. Also, because it has been too tough of a journey to talk about.
Honestly, I didn’t know how to handle it.
I pulled myself off the hamster wheel last year. Actually, stress knocked me of it. I had no choice.
I literally went from having a busy normal life with studies, work, family, gazillion activities to absolutely nothing.
My health collapsed. I had pain in my heart region, headaches, my left hand and fingers were numb, neck pain, pack pain, low libido, irritable mood and I cried over the smallest things. My doctor told me that physically there was nothing wrong with me, but I felt like I was living in burning hell. I had pain in every corner of my body, I couldn’t relax, I couldn’t remember some things and I couldn’t focus at all.
Symptoms of chronic stress that I had experience 4 years and stupidly ignored, because I didn’t have time to deal with it.
Long story short, I couldn’t recognize myself. I had become a shadow of who I used to be. I was angry at myself (and world) that I had let it so far, because I was too damn busy and scared to stop and face the reality. Chasing the success was killing me…literally.
Yay, there is good news in this story, I’ve come a long way.
Though, I’m not 100 % symptom free yet. I’m not completely symptom free yet. But it no longer gets me, like it used to.
I decided to talk about it here on blog, because everywhere I look, people are getting sick with stress, yet nobody really talks about it.
What’s up with that?!
It’s sort of taboo in our society, because we’re too success oriented. Maybe getting sick with stress is like shouting out to the world ….I’m big failure. Nobody in their right mind would want to do that. Imagine, if nobody would ever hire you again or your network gets to know that you’re officially the weakest link now. I think the reason we don’t really talk about it at dinner tables or during “how are you conversations” is because we try to protect ourselves. It’s like admitting that we’re weak. And that’s a no go when you have places to go and people to see. Apparently.
I’d really like to address that. There is strength and power in overcoming something like chronic stress.
The good news is that I’ve learned a lot through this process and thought I’ll share my big time lessons and experiences with you every Wednesday. And I hope you feel like discussing it and feel free to shoot questions to my way. Let’s break the taboo here.
And don’t worry, it’s not going to be like all dark and creepy.
I hope that blog series is going to be sort of free space to discuss how to heal and prevent stress naturally, no medicine involved. I’ll keep it real and share my highs and lows with you.
So what did I learn from my experience? I’m stronger than I thought I was and to listen to my body.
Tell me…. :)
Do you think stress is a taboo? Why do you think people don’t talk about it?
Have you ever experienced anything like stress? How did you deal with it?
My earlier posts about stress: