There’s no doubt about it, in the modern world, life can come at you fast. We all experience stress to some degree or another. But sometimes the scale tips and life’s major stressors present themselves. Here’s a list of four of the most stressful life events and a few helpful pointers to coping with the experiences they bring:
Death of a Loved One
Bereavement impacts people in different ways from shock to sadness, anger to guilt. The experience of losing a spouse or a loved one is one of the most difficult things to go through. During this time, one of the best things you can to take care of yourself is to get rest, eat, and rely on others (and in some cases a grief support group or professional counselor) to help you cope with your loss.
Separation and Divorce
With the onslaught of emotional, practical, and even legal considerations in separation and divorce, it can be hard to stay grounded and make time for your own health and wellness. When dealing with living arrangements, financial issues, and child support/custody, you need a strong support system. Be sure to make time for yourself to stay physically active, go to yoga, get regular massages, talk with friends and family, and seek professional counsel that can help you work toward a civil relationship with your ex-partner.
Quite the opposite from above, getting married can also be a deeply stressful event albeit on the much happier side. The intricacies and details that go into planning a wedding, dealing with family members, and balancing your regular life’s work can seem like a bit much. To combat the anxiety and stress, take care of yourself by hitting the gym, booking a massage, eating well, staying connected to your fiance and remember to give non-wedding items some of your attention.
At least a quarter of workers in the U.S. cite their work environment as one of the biggest stressors in their life. Whether you suffer from poor management, lack of control, or too heavy a workload, getting a grip on your health can help restore a balance or sense of capability to a bad workplace. Learning how to manage your time, do what is possible, and take the best care of you is key.