The Silent KillerAre things out of control in your life? Are you faced with unrelenting pressures and deadlines? Maybe you are over-committed and trying to do more than you can realistically accomplish in a given time. You feel overwhelmed by financial or family problems. You constantly feel fatigued. You are becoming inefficient, and enjoying life less and less.
The ongoing pressures of daily life can wear you down. Unmanaged stress can lead to high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and blood lipids, ulcers, tension headaches, allergies, backaches, a depressed immune system, or a premature heart attack. Overloaded circuits do have a way of blowing a fuse. Constant stress can cause fatigue followed by depression.
Eight ways to cope effectively with ongoing stress: identify the stress factors in your life; learn to set boundaries; prioritize your tasks; have a regular exercise program; have adequate rest and relaxation; take time for prayer and reflection (Ps 37:7); get involved with an enjoyable hobby; and find time to serve those in real need.
Author: Winston Craig, MPH, PhD, RD.
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