Seize the Day! Unchecked Stress

By Cindy Klapperich, NDSU Extension – Sargent County

SEIZE THE DAY!  (For publication in The Sargent County Teller,  May 21, 2021 issue.)

Consequences of Stress Going Unchecked

Stress is definitely one of the things that we need to “take care of” sooner, rather than later.  Like an untreated wound, when stress is ignored, it can quickly worsen.  The results of not taking action to reduce stress can be nasty:

  • Health challenges
  • Compromised relationships
  • Physical and emotional exhaustion
  • Depression

Unchecked, stress can wreak havoc on our health because of its negative impact on our immune system.  When our immune system is down, we are more vulnerable to illness, and pre-existing medical conditions can worsen.

When stress escalates, emotions such as irritability and anger can flare up, causing relationships to suffer.  Relationships also suffer when communication shuts down as a casualty of stress.

If stress consumes physical and emotional energy to the point of exhaustion, feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope can result, causing what is commonly referred to as “burnout.”

To manage stress effectively:

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