Stress & Grief

Chapter 4

Stress

Stress is defined as the brains natural response to any demand. Many changes can trigger these responses. These changes can be either positive, negative, real, or fake. There are 3 types of stress all of which carry the risk of mental and physical health risks:


  • Routine stress which related to pressures of work, family, or other daily responsibilities.
  • Stress brought out by a sudden negative change like death, losing a job, or illness.
  • Traumatic stress which is experience in event like major accidents, war, or assault.


Coping with stress can be difficult, the best way to deal with it would be to seek help from a qualified mental health care provider.

Grief

Losing someone or something you love dearly can be extremely painful. Grief is defined as a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Any loss can cause grief like:


  • Divorce or Breakup
  • Loss of a job of financial stability
  • Retirement
  • Death of a loved one
  • Loss of a friendship
  • Loss of a dream


While people deal with loss differently, these are some of the symptoms of loss:


  • Shock and Disbelief
  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Fear


When coping with loss there are several things one can do to take care of yourself. DO NOT GRIEVE ALONE. Here are some tips to find support after loss:


  • Turn to friends and family members
  • Draw comfort from your faith
  • Join a support group
  • Talk to a therapist of grief counselor