Coping With Stress
Coping with stress is one of the most difficult things for many of us. No matter who we are, the
realities of stress and the issues that arise from it are some of the most inhibiting things that we deal
with. Not only that, but stress can be a dangerous enemy. They say that stress kills, and this can be
taken quite literally. All of us deal with stress at one point in our lives or another, but it can be very
easy for us to get overwhelmed by the stresses of daily life the older we get.
Sometimes we are able to manage our stress in unhealthy ways by developing coping mechanisms
that are less than ideal. Maybe we go out and have a cigarette or a few beers once in a while as a way
to “unwind” and “de-stress.” Unfortunately, these types of coping mechanisms can easily turn into
addictions that make it even more difficult for us to deal with the stresses that we encounter in our
For example, how is it going to be helpful to have a bad day and then dose yourself with alcohol, a
thing that can actually cause your mood to be worsened over time? How is it going to help your
financial struggles to get addicted to smoking cigarettes, then potentially developing illnesses due to
this very addiction that can be costly and energetically and emotionally consuming? These unhealthy
coping mechanisms are not solutions for stress, and in fact will ultimately contribute to your problems
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