Can we es­cape stress?

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - HOMER SYLVESTER h2­sylvester@gmail.com

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir:

IN THE health sec­tion of The Gleaner dated Novem­ber 8, 2018 (‘Don’t take life so se­ri­ously’), a num­ber of rea­sons were given why stress is gen­er­ally dele­te­ri­ous to your health, rang­ing from high blood pres­sure to ac­cel­er­ated age­ing, di­a­betes, heart at­tack, stroke and a large scope of med­i­cal is­sues.

If stress bears such a neg­a­tive im­pact on one’s well­be­ing, you would sup­pose that the an­swer is re­ally about chan­nelling your anx­i­ety and pent-up en­ergy into per­son­ally and so­cially healthy ways.

If stress causes self­de­struc­tion, there is no ex­cuse in forc­ing it on oth­ers in the form of vi­o­lence, as with the lat­est mass shoot­ing in the United states that claimed at least 12 lives, not counting the shooter’s. Some­times peo­ple are also in­ju­di­cious in the route taken to re­duce stress, such as laugh­ing at se­ri­ous mat­ters.

The ar­ti­cle sug­gested that peo­ple should be less stressed, but can some­one just de­cide to re­press their wor­ries and emo­tions with­out an al­ter­na­tive out­let? Could the food that peo­ple eat also help to ex­ac­er­bate the prob­lem?

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