Is Stress Making You Sick?

I recently watched someone I love die from cancer. Things seemed to be looking up but sadly they got very sick, very quickly. After they died I found myself looking over their life in my head. I was trying to figure out why we did not see it coming. They had so much going on in their life and most of it was not good. I truly believe stress caused them to deteriorate so quickly.

For me stress has been a life long struggle. I never worried how it was affecting me until just recently. My depression and anxiety led me to having migraines, panic attacks and being overweight. I would bury my feelings and ultimately pile them up deep inside, which I believe caused the sicknesses to just keep coming.

My last bout I told my husband I had enough and I didn’t want to live this way anymore. I had to get help. I found help in the things that brought me peace and serenity. For me it is aromatherapy, Reiki, meditation, Qi Gong and Tai Chi. They were all introduced to me at one point or another and now I needed them.

I have taken back my life and while it will always be a work in progress I do feel it is helping me. OK, so what does this have to do with me? You ask. Being stressed, depressed, anxious, nervous, overwhelmed or anything negative is NOT good for you. You may not realize it but it is impacting your life in one way or another and is most likely causing you to be sick.

You can feel better and get better. There are so many different avenues out there. You just have to find what works for you. Trust me there is something out there. I thought I was a hopeless case and yet here I am feeling better. Sure I still have bad days but now I have tools I can use to get me back to good days faster.

I believe in you but you need to believe in yourself. You can do this. If any of my avenues sound like they could help please let me know and if you need other ideas of places to look I can provide that too. Together we can get better!

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I am a mother of three children who is trying to fulfill all the ‘traditional’ ideas of a stay at home mom. I am a cook, maid, shopper, chauffeur and the laundry lady. I am also their protector, mentor, religious educator and guidance counselor. I have chosen to raise them in a Catholic household.

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