I have been down now for two months. I never knew stress could actually stretch a person into bits. I always thought it was like a tale people talked about and magazines popularized. I should have read the Elbert Hubbard quote: “The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.” But I did not.
I forgot to live and nailed myself firmly behind my work and whatever I could call work. Soon there was no more chatting with people or extra time at work, no meals, and plenty of thoughts. Then suddenly the body started warning. Lots of body aches, headaches, low appetite for food, and then anemia.
You could read about it in books and it sounds strange to call it a disease of sorts, but when stress gets a hold of your system the body immunity goes real low and the joyful strength the body requires to keep moving fades away.
Stress can age one’s body, bring wrinkles or gray hair and the worst is when it takes the color of health off your body as well as destroys one’s health. The challenge lies in the fact that sometimes we do not take it seriously until we are being hospitalized or collapsing.