Stress And Grief
Stress is a normal part of life that everyone experiences at some point. But if stress becomes frequent and has a serious impact on life and relationships, it can become an issue.
Common sources of stress are work-related issues, illnesses, everyday activities, being over-worked, and experiencing difficult social relationships.
Irritability, moodiness, insomnia, and interrupted sleep, upset stomach, back pain, high blood pressure, rashes, and headaches are only some common symptoms of increased stress. They reduce the quality of life and affect work, school, and relationships with others.
Identifying situations and activities that cause stress is the first step in overcoming it and managing it. Some stressors can be changed, and some can’t, but it’s important to work on managing stress.
Regular exercise such as playing a sport or going to the gym is important for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It increases energy levels and it helps to distract from stressful and anxiety-inducing situations.
Making time for friends, family, and hobbies increases self-confidence and creativity, and it can also help to unwind. Spending a few hours, a week on activities that are not related to work or school tasks can make great changes in life.
Regular sleeping and eating schedules are also shown to decrease stress levels. A well-balanced and regular diet can prevent physical illnesses and health-related anxiety. Some individuals might find relaxation techniques to help with reducing stress and anger.
Due to certain circumstances such as sudden death, long illness, or past experiences of loss, individuals enter the five stages of grief. The grief can affect the physical and mental health of the individual experiencing it, but also their interpersonal relationships, especially if it evolves into complicated grief.
Common symptoms of grief are sadness, guilt, anger, seeking reminders of the person who has died, lowered appetite, and decreased mood. In most cases, when the person processors the grief, they return to their normal lives. That process can last a couple of months or even a year, and even after that, there is some sadness left. Interpersonal relationships are important in this process because other people offer support and understanding which makes the grieving individual feel better.
In some cases, grief can last much longer and interfere with relationships. This is sometimes called “complicated grief” and can result in excessive avoidance of certain people and situations, pushing away others, intense mood swings and isolation, and in some cases alcohol or substance abuse.
In conclusion, interpersonal relationships are a vital part of life and can be affected by many different variables. Having people around during both difficult and joyous times makes life fuller. Working to improve physical and mental health can invariably assist interpersonal relationships.