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The Harmful Effects of Chronic Stress

Throughout our lives we are always coming across events and times that can cause us stress. Whether it is our home life, work or trauma, stress is unavoidable. Chronic stress occurs over a long period of time and is the consistent sense of feeling pressured and overwhelmed. When this type of stress goes untreated it can greatly affect your overall health. This affects virtually every system in the body, either directly or indirectly. In this article, we will learn what causes this severe type of stress, the symptoms, and how it can affect each system. We will take a look at different ways we can avoid or receive help for chronic stress.  Causes of Chronic Stress  There are many different factors that can go into the reasons behind why someone may experience chronic stress. It can be rooted in a traumatic event that happened in the past, marital problems, the pressure of school, and the list can go on and on. When people begin experiencing stressful situations, the normal reaction is to retreat and avoid.  When you begin to experience constant heightened alertness, or feeling on edge from these situations, this is what chronic stress is. Do you ever get… 

Recovery During the Holidays: Support from family members is key.

Recovery During the Holidays The holidays add a whole new level of stress to those who struggle with addiction. Those in recovery will feel the challenge that comes with navigating a minefield of temptations that are part of the celebration of this time of year. The first year of recovery is the hardest. During the holiday season, one comes under the spell of abundant food and drink. Depression and anxiety may abound, and it’s important to have the support of family members if you’re in addiction recovery during the holidays. Abstaining from substance use during the holidays will be easier for your loved ones in recovery if you’re able to pay attention to their mental health. For that person, boundaries are especially important. This may affect family members, so all should be aware of and ready to honor the words, “no, thank you.” Provide options for loved ones in recovery during the holidays Supporting family members who are in recovery during the holidays might mean asking some questions beforehand, as well as becoming aware of some options you can offer. “Mocktails” can be great for those who appreciate them, or hot spiced cider, hot cocoa, iced or hot tea and…