Do you ever feel stressed out? I mean, don't know what you are going to do, heart racing, chest hurting, constantly going to the bathroom, sweating stressed out. I think at some point in time we all get stressed out to the point that it affects us physically. What is it that makes us feel this way? Why do we allow stress to over come us and cause us so much pain. We stress over things so much that it can ruin a perfectly good day. The whole day is ruined because of one small stressed filled moment.
The main questions is how did we get to the point where our stress level is causing us physical pain? My answer is Overkill. That's right Overkill. I think that once something sort of stressful happens it sets us off and we actually start looking for things that stress us out. We start looking for opportunities to increase our stress levels.
Once a small thing happens, maybe its a mean phone call, or a unexpected bill that comes in the mail, we start to stress. Then as you go through the rest of the day every little thing that happens adds to that stress level. It causes us to keep building up our stress until our bodies can't take it anymore. It's Overkill. It's us allowing the world to rule us instead of us ruling the world.
Let's be honest how many times have you been in a seriously stressful situation at work where everyone is counting on you and the stress affects your body. It doesn't because you are in the moment. Yes you may be scared or upset but you power through it because there hasn't been an opportunity for stress to build up to the point of physical pain.
Now if you get an unexpected bill that you know is going to be hard to pay that helps to start building your stress level. You follow that up with someone saying something negative about you at work that level grows. On the way home someone cuts you off which stresses you more. This continues until you have Overkill. Until you just can't take it anymore.
I am the last one to give advice about stress but I think that if we can recognize the signs of smaller stresses then we can stop an Overkill from happening before it gets to the point where it cause us bodily harm. Take some time to think about that the next time something small starts to bother you. See if other things happen during the day to make it worse. We have to make sure that we don't allow stress be too much for us to handle! We can stop it before it Overkills us!