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Chronic Stress: What It Does to Your Health and How to Get It under Control

Chronic Stress: What It Does to Your Health and How to Get It under Control

I am in the process of recovering from chronic stress. It has been two years and one month since my recovery journey formally began, and I’m getting better little-by-little, day-by-day, but I still have a long road of recovery ahead of me. I wish I had known what chronic stress was and how destructive it …

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The Stress Monster

Do you remember the opening scene in Star Wars: A New Hope when Darth Vader grips a crewmember aboard Princess Leia’s ship in a chokehold as he asks questions about where the transmission with the Death Star plans are? Stress is very much like Darth Vader’s chokehold; it grabs you by surprise, constricting your airways, as you struggle to breathe. It’s in your best interest to get out of that chokehold as soon as possible before the lack of airflow to your brain causes serious damage to your body or even death in extreme cases.

The first time I encountered real, air-constricting stress in my mid-twenties, I didn’t even recognize it for what it was. I had been in stressful situations before throughout high school, university and my job in a coffee shop, but I was always able to move on from the stressful situation and life would go back to normal like nothing had ever happened. Sometimes the stressful situation would be memorialized in my journal, but the act of writing it down seemed to calm my nerves and return my body back to a state of peace.

Not this time, however. I was working in my first office job as an administrative assistant and the demands of each day had been piling up on my shoulders for weeks now. I started experiencing tightness in my chest and difficulty breathing and I didn’t understand why. I had asthma, but I wasn’t having an asthma attack. This felt different, like there was a tight band squeezing me breathless as if I was a lemon.

Finally, one day I couldn’t stand it anymore and asked my mom to take me to the hospital…

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Stuck on a Crazy Train

Originally Published: March 22, 2020 Revised: January 22, 2021 There’s a song by Ozzy Osbourne with a line in the chorus that goes, “I’m going off the rails on a crazy train.” For about a year and a half, I felt like this song described my life. I was stuck on a crazy train of …

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