It’s another January, not like you didn’t already know.
The calendar says there are 31 days in January but logistically speaking the thing pass 31 days……more like 50 days. With December salary having done voom- vaam and gone with the Christmas and new year winds with the pressing need to pay house rent, school fees and other irritating but unavoidable expenses, getting stressed becomes inevitable.
Stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you exceed your ability to cope. Some levels of stress can be beneficial at times, however an extreme amount of stress can have consequences for your health and take a severe emotional toll.
Not surprisingly in stressful January , road rage is high, two- fighting very common and some people work around now with a scowl on their faces ready to pounce at the least provocation.
Stressful events tend to fall into one of three key categories:
Acute – Short-term events which do not last long but can have a lasting impact.
Episodic Stress – Situations which are also short-term but occur regularly or repeatedly .
Chronic – Ongoing stresses which last into the long-term. These may include the stress of illness or the effect of a turbulent relationship.
The Christmas and end-of-year period blankets everywhere with a festive air and atmosphere which can be very deceptive but the arrival of January abruptly brings people back to reality. Common causes of stress in January include work related issues after the leisure of the holiday period, difficulties in relationship, family and societal pressures and expectations. But the ogbonge culprit is the inability to meet up with financial expectations and responsibilities. School fees and house rent are the koko.
Symptoms of stress include anxiety, inability to sleep, moodiness, irritability, anger, depression, lack of appetite and a feeling of being overwhelmed. Untreated chronic stress can result in serious health conditions like high blood pressure. Stress can also contribute to the development of heart disease, morbid depression with suicidal tendency and obesity.
Diverse ways of overcoming stress have been suggested and they include having a strong network of supportive friends and family members. They act as an enormous buffer against stress.
If you have confidence in yourself and your ability to influence events and persevere through challenges, it’s easier to take stress in your stride.
One’s attitude to life and its inevitable challenges makes a huge difference in one’s ability to handle stress. Those who are generally hopeful and optimistic are less vulnerable. These optimists tend to handle challenges better and have a stronger sense of humour. Laughter as commonly said is therapeutic.
Truth be told , January stress which falls in the acute type by classification can be avoided.
Planning ahead with regards to school fees and rent, priotising your spending over the festive period and keeping in mind that there is life after Christmas festivities are all possible retardants of stress.
So long as there is life, there is hope.