January Stress No Get Part 2 – Emeka Nwolisa

January Stress No Get Part 2 – Emeka Nwolisa


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.

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