As we pointed out earlier, persistent stress can be the most damaging of the stresses mainly because you might not even consider it to be stress. You adapt. You bounce back. But in the long run, persistent stress takes a toll on your emotional, spiritual and relational vitality. It even impacts your physical body—suppressing your immune system, depleting your brain’s anti-pain and anti-anxiety system, and depleting your body of hormones responsible for your emotional stability.
Since persistent stress can camouflage itself as normal, once you do notice that something is slowly wearing you out, it is crucial to identify the source. While not all sources of persistent stress may be eliminated, you can develop a plan to help you gain and maintain vitality.
With such a plethora of potential sources of persistent stress, strategies for dealing with those goes far beyond the scope of a simple program such as this. These are a few areas that can be sources of persistent stress.
- Toxic thinking, people and situations
- Mistakes and failures
- Pride and idolatry
- Out-of-control emotions
- Health challenges
- Challenging relationships
Take time to do so some serious reflection on what some sources of persistent stress might be in your life.
Schedule time to specifically reflect on all possible sources of persistent stress.