Ecclesiastes 2:21-23 – What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
I didn’t like what a friend told me. He said that I must like stress because you certainly have enough of it.
“I don’t like stress,” I said to myself. But was there truth to what my friend said? I did some soul searching and decided to write down all the stresses in my life.
Some stresses were small things:
Then there were the big stresses:
I thought back to what my friend had said about liking stress and I still didn’t agree, but I decided when confronted with a small or large stress that I would take a deep breath and walk back from it and not let it ruin the good things I was experiencing.
In order to find out if we’re a stress addict we must take a look at what stress has to offer. Stress releases those “fight or flight” activating hormones into our body to get through a tough spot. It releases energy that can cause a temporary high. Once your body gets used to this feeling, the body craves more. So you take on that extra job when there really isn’t any time for you to do it. You take on a task at work and are on the job habitually building up overtime. The upside of this scenario is that the overtime when bring in more money.
But stress takes a toll on our body. The brain will continually demand more of those “feel good” chemicals in order to maintain the same stress level. Soon we become addicted to those chemicals.
Talkspace.com in their article, “Can You be Addicted to Stress?” suggests ideas on how to calm your stress level down like meditation, breathing exercises, journaling, working out, and guided imagery.
Take a look at the Bible verses above. You can see that even in Bible times people got stressed out. And as it says, what do we get for all our grief and pain? It’s meaningless. We may feel like we’re making a true contribution to society, but it isn’t worth the damage it does to our relationships and to our bodies. Even at night our minds don’t rest. It’s time to reexamine your life to see if there are areas in your life where you’ve become addicted to stress. We start to like stress and that’s why so much of it is in our lives. It’s time to stop the stress and relax.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.