Stress: The slow, ‘collaborative’, and silent killer 



We encounter day-to-day experiences that positively or negatively overwhelm us, and exhaust our ability to handle and amicably benefit from them.

Incidentally, the experiences are both unresolved past and present, as much as uncertain future.

The experiences are detrimental to our mental and physical health, depending on how well we handle them. For example, we face the burden of dealing with missed, unutilized or underutilized opportunities, and daily slow yielding struggles to make ends meet, and high stakes to achieve development targets, better life and happy future.

People easily break down because they fail to cope with extreme experience that undermine extreme desires.

Without social support, breakdown persists and graduates into depression and physical health complaints as back pain, chest pain, persistent headaches, indigestion, tiredness, dizziness, breakdown of the immune system, susceptibility to respiratory infections, failure to cope with extreme weather conditions, increased pressure on active body organs leading to dysfunction and death.

Unfortunately, today families and societies face persisting conflicts in their attempt to cope with pressures of living in their immediate environment.

This prompts individuals to trust their conscience than others, and to find peace and fulfilment in living quiet and private lives. However, to adopt this way of life, individuals of this calibre have hard adequate experience on how to work and excel without group burden, and when to take advantage of group advantages to succeed.

Recent studies have shown link between socioeconomic stressors and disease burdens such as malaria and prolonged respiratory illnesses.

Aging too has been found to limit physical activity and to focus on negative experiences of life, fail to take good care of self, which affect normal blood pressure, predisposes elderly to opportunistic infections, and increases uncertainty about the future. Under extreme circumstances, affected elderly men and women begin to see end of their lives on Earth.

The strong-bodied suffer extended mental disorders, including confusion, borderline personality, generalized anxiety disorders, psychosis, and schizophrenic conditions.

Although family, friends, fellowships or assemblies, balanced-conscious living is a value that must be nurtured to support making healthy choices for personal growth and development. Such people live successful lives and create healthy social relationships for greater social harmony and wellbeing.

This is a very important value because the people whose care and support we cherish have burdens of life of their own to deal with, where additional burdens break them down, instead.

Stress can be managed effectively and ranges of strategies are enshrined within our respective traditions, as handed down by our ancestors who knew our environment better.

Despite the rapid changes that have led to sophistication of life and requiring sophisticated responses to survive and thrive, the best strategies are those we inherited from our traditions.

The return to normalcy and sustained wellbeing calls for a return from sophistication and unsustainable living to simple, non-destructive, and nurturing ways, which are not favoured by the sophistications of modern trends.

The return to simpler ways or individual areas of strength facilitate greater understanding of complexities of life and navigation of it towards safety and wellness.

Keeping balanced attention to diverse perspectives helps to prevent distress from temporary  dysfunction of some aspects of life by associated negative events.

While it is easier to avoid psychological, emotional, and physical problems for well balanced people, it also improves functioning, and performance in various development roles, which guarantees individual success.

For such people stress is distant and well negotiated to favour happy living. They focus on living a life that matters most for them and avoid anything that ruin it, or otherwise guard against messing it.

Stress helps us work towards goals that are responsible for a healthy life. People who shy away from it are ones that suffer from its prolongation through illnesses and death.

Before we intervene on any secondary and tertiary level ailments, it is critical that stress factors are addressed since they are primary or foundational. Once, we do this, gradually burdens of diseases are dropped and wellness returns.

For the sake of wellness, it is important to do something everyday about our wellbeing to keep chronic stress at bay, and be able to realize our goals and live happy lives.