Doctors and psychiatrists have proven that there is a positive link between stress and illness. People in transition experience different and different levels of stress. And this stress is not a problem in its own right, but is intensified by other stressors. One study identified three types of life stresses: chemical, physical, and attitudinal. There are a total of 43 sources of stress that can cause around 80 symptoms. Of course, people in their life have several sources that cause manifestations of compound symptoms.
Concerning chemically Effects on the body, the study found that drinking coffee, excessive consumption of sugar and salt, regular consumption of various prescription drugs, alcoholic beverages containing nicotine, air pollution and even the quality of the water are offenders. Physically Stress factors can include obesity, lack of exercise, excessive commuting and a sedentary lifestyle.
For this blog I would like to focus on the Setting and especially the emotional stressors and associated symptoms. Examples of stressors associated with the transition include difficulty sleeping, inability to relax, increased frustration, the possibility of compromising your relationship with your spouse, negative effects on mood, and feelings of hopelessness and depression. And most people have a combination of such stressors. In terms of symptoms, people in transition may feel depressed or moody, get angry easily, gain or lose significant amounts of weight, experience insomnia, feel overwhelmed with fatigue, lose focus, and fear, worry, shyness, and isolation. So the question is how to deal with all of this?
Obviously, ignoring the symptoms is not the solution. Hoping they go away is just wishful thinking. In addition, doing nothing can have serious and long-lasting medical consequences. Unfortunately, there is no one answer that fits everyone. For example, women like spas, massages, and yoga more than men. Theater, a movie or a dinner with friends or family can appeal to others. Some would even go to acupuncture and find a source of stress relief in it. I like to go for a walk, which I do almost seven days a week. I go outside when the weather permits and inside on a treadmill otherwise. Occasionally I also benefit from a Japanese healing art for stress reduction called Jin Shin Jyutsu.