As human beings we are all creatures of habit and routine. Though we may yearn at times for things to liven up a little, or for some excitement to occur. That is why when we experience great change and adversity; such as a relationship breaking down; a job loss; serious illness or bereavement It can feel as if our whole world has been turned upside down.
The frightening thing about these types of situations, is that the individual feels they no longer have any control over their lives. Life has sped up and not in a good way. Whilst it is true that we can be overtaken by unexpected events. It is not true that we don’t have any control over them. Because we do. Though we cannot change what is happening, we can control how we choose to ‘react’ to it.
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There can be times in our lives, when not only is it difficult to get through the day, for some, simply putting one foot in front of the other, can feel like a mountain to climb. We live in an age where there is constant pressure. To compete, to succeed, to live up to the expectations of others and the responsibility for providing for our families financial security and emotional well-being. We do this gladly and with love, but over time, if life has proven to be very difficult, it can take its toll and many people suffer physical and mental burnout.
Long term stress can seriously deplete the body; and in spite of the warning signals people receive from their bodies, many ignore them. By sheer force of will they carry on, long after they should have stopped. Not realising the damage they are doing to themselves. Continually striving to keep going, bouncing back from one obstacle after another, until one day the mind and body says enough!
This kind of experience can be overwhelming and frightening. We take our bodies so much for granted, and it is not until they stop doing what we want them to do, do we finally appreciate them. Plenty of rest and a good diet, is often enough to repair the physical damage to the body. Unless it is something skeletal, or muscular, in which case there may be the need for a much longer recovery period and medical treatment. By far the most difficult thing that people find to recover from is the emotional damage. The loss of confidence and self belief. Acute anxiety and depression, is responsible for many people having to take time off work or being in long term unemployment.
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