Coping with Stress

Stress is a sneaky, insidious force that weaves its web inside your mind until all you see are shades of black.

By Raymond Viger

How we escape stress can cause us even more harm: alcohol, drugs, escapism…

But not all our responses to stress are, by their very nature, bad if they’re not taken to excess.

Some take refuge in religion, in excessive sports, and in other things besides. Even seemingly positive acts can become a drug of choice.

Addiction to anything is an emotional disease that eats away at our insides. It destroys life by taking whatever is left of life. Family, friends, work, money… Until your dreams become illusions, a mirage in the desert that becomes your life.

Don’t forget that the word crisis comes from the Ancient Greek word for change. It’s up to us to make positive changes. Stress left untreated can lead to suicide.  Take care of yourself – seek the help you need.

If you see someone in your circle that needs help, don’t be afraid to reach out a helping hand. But above all, accept whatever assistance you yourself may be offered.

First seen in: Reflet de Société magazine, Vol. 27, no. 1, printemps 2019, page 4.

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