STRESS STORIES & HOW WE COPE
When I was 20 years old I had a health breakdown.
What’s a health breakdown, you might ask?
It’s basically when your body says “No, more!” and your immune system stops functioning in the way a healthy system should.
I was studying full-time, finishing my matriculation examination, working in pharmacy part-time, participating in a modelling contest. I had a lead role in a theatre production where we were performing 3-4x a week.
You see how much time there is left over for sleep, rest, eating etc?
That’s how you manage this thing called life, right? By saying yes, being perfect and looking effortless whilst doing it? Well, that’s what my 20-year old self thought at the time.
The results were an ill-functioning immune system, chronic colds & a bleeding ulcer.
Since then, I built my system back up and started putting more focus on my health, both physical health & mental health. There was literally no way around it.
Trying to find the right balance can take some time. Sometimes you will think you have it figured out and sometimes you won’t. You are not going to get it perfect every time and that’s ok. But it is important to know the stressors that affect your mood and well-being the most and look for ways to manage the stress that arises as a result.
For me, if I’m not mindful when stress creeps into my life then my stress behaviour includes forgetting to eat, skimping on sleep, forgetting to drink water and drinking too much coffee. That usually results in weight loss, a bloated stomach, bad digestion, blotchy skin and general irritation.
How I manage stress on a regular basis:
Trying to find the right balance can take some time. Sometimes you will think you have it figured out and sometimes you won’t. You are not going to get it perfect every time and that’s ok.
Jane Doe - Another Company, Ltd