Suicide and Stress
by Kevin Caruso
Stress isn't inherently bad. It causes you to respond to events, to "rise to the challenge", and to better yourself. But too much stress can be catastrophic.
And too much stress can cause or exacerbate suicidal feelings.
But, keep in mind that what stresses you may not stress someone else, and vice versa.
And it does not matter how someone else responds to stress; what matters is how you respond. If you feel stressed, you are stressed.
So what do you do about stress? First off, you need to identify what causes your stress.
What people? What events? Then you need to determine how you can best deal with those stressors.
One of the most effective ways to deal with people that causes you stress is.don't deal with them (unless you really have to). Stay away from them. If you need to make some adjustments in your life for this, then do so.
Maybe you need to switch jobs, or move, or find some new friends. Do whatever you need to do.
And if certain events bother you-don't go (again, unless you really have to).
Remember this: You, and only you, are in control of your life. You decide who you want to be with and who you don't want to be with.
You decide where you want to go and where you don't want to go.
So take control and minimize stress as much as possible.
And make sure that you have outlets for your stress. Exercise is an excellent outlet for stress. You should have an exercise program in place already, and if you don't, then start exercising. Just don't overdo.
Talking about things that are bothering you can also reduce your stress level. You can talk with family members and friends, as well as your therapist.
And if you aren't seeing a therapist, then you need to make an appointment as soon as possible.
So, limit your stress, and provide outlets for your stress, and you should be able to stay out of the "danger zone".
If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.
I love you.