I am stressed out

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

The injury

What do you usually do right after you injure yourself?
Don’t you run towards the tap, wash your wound and then try to heal it?
What do you do when you break your arm? Don’t you run to the hospital? Don’t you find yourself eager to solve the problem?

All of us rush to heal ourselves when anything wrong happens but the problem is that we sometimes leave some of these wounds without taking any actions hoping that time will heal them. The wounds we ignore aren’t physical ones but they are emotional ones. Stress, is one of these emotional wounds that we sometimes ignore.

I am stressed out

People usually don't feel overwhelmed or stressed out right on the spot but they reach this state after suffering from stress for a certain period of time without taking any action.

People feel overwhelmed because they ignore the messages that their minds keep sending them until the pain becomes intolerable (see it’s calling you).

Stress usually starts bothering people slightly when they face an obstacle that prevents them from reaching their goals. For example if you were trying to reach your office then the traffic jam hindered you then you will most likely become stressed.

The problem is not stress itself but it’s rather your indifferent attitude towards dealing with this stress. The more indifferent you become the more will your stress intensify until you will find yourself overwhelmed and in need of a break.

In my book, The ultimate guide to getting over depression I explained how the indifferent attitude people develop can raise their stress levels until they become depressed. If you have developed the bad habit of being indifferent to your problems then change it immediately in order to protect yourself from depression.

How to deal with stress

Never ignore your wounds!! The moment you find yourself feeling stressed stop working, even for 2 minutes but don’t keep working while you are stressed. You might think that by doing so you will waste time but the truth is that working for 30 minutes under stress could make you unable to work for the rest of the day!!

If you took a 2 minute rest your mind will mind will become focused and you will be productive once again.(see my article why do I feel tired all the time)

The second thing you should do is to learn how to deal with stress so that you can use the 2 minute break that you took to apply your stress management techniques. Dealing with stress is simple but it just requires that you respond quickly and to understand the dangers that are associated with being under stress for prolonged periods of time.

The links below will provide you with all the techniques you need in order to get rid of stress but unless you respond early then the techniques might not be that useful.

Other emotions

Some people leave themselves suffering without taking an action until it’s too late. How come you’re leaving yourself depressed without trying to fix your mood? How come you hate your job without trying to take a strong action to change things? How come you’re unsatisfied with your life and you’re still waiting for time to heal your wounds??

Time never heals but it only accumulates small pebbles until you end up with a mountain of problems. Start to take actions now. change what you don't like about your life.

Ask people for help, write a plan or pray to God, Just don't stay injured then wonder why you’re living a bad life and why you’re not happy. Do something!

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