We face the same dangers today as the pioneers in the Wild West. We can be axed, whacked, sacked, or scalped at any moment (metaphorically speaking, of course).
The Wild West was no place for the fainthearted, but pioneer toughness wasn’t an anomaly. Humans have always been surprisingly resilient; possibly because from the Stone Age to the Space Age, there has never been a Stress-Free Age and survival meant coping with the stressors in our environment.
Research has shown that resilience is a universal human trait. Despite the stress associated with difficult situations and emotional pain people commonly demonstrate resilience. It’s not a trait that you either have or don’t have. It involves behavior, thoughts, and actions that can be developed in everyone.
To find some relief from the widespread psychological stress the current economic meltdown is creating, we have resources the pioneers did not have–like The Mayo Clinic Stress Center.
In his Mayo Clinic Stress Blog, Edward C. Creagan M.D. extends his stethoscope to millions of people, and allows them to share The Mayo Clinic resources. Dr. Creagan covers relevant topics such as Finding Calm in a Storm. He uses the “perfect storm” to describe the stress that builds when we’re deluged with demands for our time and attention. We can’t be passive about maintaining some control over what gets priority, or we risk physical and psychological meltdowns.
In the lab, when a mouse is given electrical shocks that he can control or escape, he will do just fine. But when the mouse is placed in a situation he cannot control or escape from, he’ll give up and become physically ill. That’s us on stress.
Understanding Your Sources of Stress means knowing your pattern of reaction to stressors. Do you give up, get angry, drink too much, eat too much, cry or all of the above and more? The Mayo Clinic In-depth Stress Management Center offers information on Understanding How You Cope with Stress, and How to Win Control Over the Stress In Your Life.
Knowing everything you can about the monster makes it easier to control.