A stressor is anything that increases the demand on the body (physical, chemical or emotional). Stresses can be as small as a cut, or as big as a fracture or surgery; mental (psychological) stress can be as little as ‘spilt milk’ to overwhelmingly hard-to-cope-with issues like redundancy or divorce. Chemical stresses include innocent deodorant through to intense causes such as pollution or Botox. Most of us experience a delightful mix of physical, chemical and emotional stress!
Have you ever felt like crying over ‘spilt milk’ when really the spills not the real issue?
The combination of physical and emotional stresses, no matter how small they may seem on their own, together can accumulate and overwhelm you!
Many physical and mental stresses can’t be seen, and a huge number of people walk around for weeks, months, or even years with a ‘heavy weight on their shoulders’, struggling to cope.
You are not alone!
I hear parents struggle with the guilt and pressures of balancing work with family life. If they have very young children, being home enough to spend quality time with them, not to mention having the energy to take an active roll in looking after them day and night, can be a real problem.
And I find, with stressed parents, ‘looking after themselves’ definitely comes last.