Adversity comes in many forms, we are all at one time or another are thrown one of life’s curve balls. Whether it be divorce, job loss, injury, illness, break ups, or financial catastrophe, these life events are well documented as being seriously stressful. It is said that divorce is the second most stressful life event after death of an immediate family member. We for the most part as humans are not great at dealing with unexpected life events, and our bodies will often go into stress mode for long unhealthy periods of time.
Stress can wreak havoc on your body and health, your nervous system can release too much adrenaline, and cortisol increasing your odds of depression which to some extend you are already dealing with from adversity. Your respiratory system takes a beating as you could experience shortness of breathe. Your heart can enter a long period of beating faster which in turn can cause an increase in heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Your over all immune system will start to decline, leaving you more susceptible to illnesses and infections. Your digestive system will also possibly leaving you with dry mouth, indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea. Lastly chronic stress can lead to all kinds of muscular aches and pains caused by tensing your body for long periods of time.
The irony of adversity, is that it is the time of our life’s we really need to focus on helping our bodies stay healthy, but our natural reaction to stress is often the opposite. We may be tempted to eat nothing, barely sleep, drink too much or engage in other activities that amplify stress. It is often quite easy to spot the person in the office going through a divorce, or other stressful life event, they will often have lost weight and look like they haven’t slept for a week, because often they haven’t. Stress and sadness after and during adversity will often kill off our desire to do anything for ourselves. In reality you can help lessen the symptoms of stress by following some pretty simple steps.
Remember during times of stress you are not alone, no matter what you are experiencing chances are millions of others have also, and survived. Realize what ever you feel is normal, and try where possible to practice self love and care. Treating your body and mind well during adversity may not cure it instantly but it will keep you healthier. Your body and mind deserve to be treated kindly by you, even if perhaps the world around you doesn’t seem so kind at times, so try to put your self and your health first, for a happier future.
Originally published at medium.com