Making time for you

Sometimes you just need to take a break

The stress of working, studying, family or just living can drive the best of us insane at times but stress is something we all have to deal with in a way which won’t negative impact our health. Stress is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as, “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” The morbid tension and strain can result in several health risk including:

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Yes, it maybe easy for me to say since I’m not in your shoes but the fact remains that you are a human being and all humans need rest.

For my Caribbean people living in the cosmopolitan arena I know your levels of stress and pain may be unimaginable considering that you are leaving the warmth of the tropical sun for frigid concrete jungles in an attempt for better. But you must remember you are not there to commit slow suicide, work hard but don’t die in the process.

Whether you take the advice or not I am well aware of the fact that Caribbean people are survivors and can overcome any circumstances. 🙂

Happy voting!

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