The Lonely Tree

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 14, 2017

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The clouds descend, swallowing the skies, consuming all the things in sight leaving nothing but a lone tree to stand against the rain and sleet. Can’t predict where they're coming from and when they'll be here. Little did we know that was just the beginning of a series of storm clouds that are still winning.

Unless you surround yourself with Tibetan monks, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone in your life — including you — that wouldn’t say they’re stressed about something. There are times when stress can be a good thing — it can help you conquer fears or motivate you to get something done. But when you’re constantly in a state of tension and anxiety, it can have an effect on your body’s physical and emotional state.

Stress leads to culmination of bad thoughts, slows down thinking process, losing interests in hobbies, feeling irritated for no apparent reason. It even destroys the normal functioning of body. We tend to sleep more or less, and same goes for eating.

We actually become like logs, we slow down and respond to people less. And when we are stressed out, we just feel the stress increasing day by day. The weight just increases and eventually the weight just puts us down.

The tsunami of stress can crash over our life, leaving a trail of destruction. Stress is like a hammer, all ready to blow you and leave you with a miserable headache. Chronic stress leads to physical changes in our brain and body, changes in the way you’re thinking, and ultimately to changes in the way you’re behaving.

Stressed out people are more likely to engage in unhelpful and unhealthy behaviors like overeating, smoking, drinking and dropping out of important activities like exercising and socializing.  And all of this can increase the likelihood that your stress turns into depression. When we are stressed out we don't even realize that it's the darkest before dawn. For that matter, do we even realize that we are stressed? No, we usually don’t. It’s a vicious circle, tangled forever if we don’t realize that we are stressed and overcome it.

Don’t we all feel like the lonely tree? Sore, tired, tensed and nervous? We need to overcome this trauma. After all, a healthy body has a healthy mind. Although stress is the most common mental health issue, it is treatable. However, most people can’t manage it alone. If you or a loved one is suffering from stress, it’s important that you seek professional help. If you’re stressed it can feel incredibly hard to take action and do anything to help you get better. The key is to start by taking small steps.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James

Don’t stress, do your best, forget the rest!


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