Can stress really make a person sick? The answer is YES. Recent research has discovered a link between the brain and immune system. If you are chronically stressed, the part of the brain that controls the stress response is going to be constantly pumping out a lot of stress hormones that limit the response of the immune system.
It is acknowledged that the death of a significant person in our lives is one of the most stressful events that we will face. After a death we are left dealing with both grief and stress. The previous stressors we were faced with before our loss do not necessarily go away; they are still there to deal with. However, you may notice that compared to the stress you now face, many other issues fade and become insignificant in your grief.
We all have strategies for dealing with stress in our lives. Dealing with grief and stress after the death of a significant person can be challenging. Yet if we persevere and establish stress management activities it can help us to gain peace, balance and to move forward.
By changing or improving our perception of events (beliefs and thoughts), as well as developing better coping and stress management activities we can significantly reduce our stress and increase our quality of life.
To effectively manage and recover from grief and stress we may need to take action with specific stress management activities to:
- manage and change our bodily reactions or stress responses
- manage and change our environment or particular stressors
- change our perceptions of stressful events.
How well are you incorporating the following stress management activities into your daily life?
- Letting go of resistance
- Relaxation techniques
- Healthy Eating
- Good sleeping routine
- Rational Thinking
- Changing Perceptions
- Positive attitude
See if you can use or modify some of these stress management tips to work for you.