We hear the phrase all the time that stress can kill you. Really? Kill me? It can’t be that serious, right? I mean, we all have a little bit of stress in our lives whether it is at home, work or school. Still, can too much of it actually take our life away? After all – is stress the silent killer?
When I first started doing research on stress being labeled as a silent killer, the first thing that came to my mind was whether or not real doctors out in the medical world actually called it that. I began digging around, and, sure enough, there were many that agreed with the theory.
For example, Dr. Nina Radcliff is a practicing physician and medical news reporter who believes fully that stress is a huge contributor to bad health. She did an article for the Washington Times early in 2015 where she expressed clearly to everyone how she felt. “Stress is the trash of modern life,” said the wellness medical journalist and author. “We all generate it. But if we don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake our lives (Washington Times, Jan 2015).”
A method she showed everyone in the article was one called the Four A’s.
First, she says that we should try to avoid it. This seems obvious at first read, but makes more sense when she gives us a way to actually do that with the second A.
This one was to alter the way we communicate, because sometimes we can bring more stress onto ourselves or into a situation simply with the words we choose to use.
The third A was to adapt to the stressor (maybe a person at your job that you can’t stand, but still have to work with), which tied in with the last step.
Accept the stressor. The popular prayer that is widely thought to have been written originally by author Reinhold Niebuhr came to mind when I read that last A. It goes: “God, give me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Radcliff, N. 6 Jan 2015. Chronic Stress: The Silent Killer If Not Managed. The Washington Times. Retrieved from http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/6/nina-radcliff-chronic-stress-silent-killer-if-not-/
Shapiro, F. 15 May 2014. I Was Wrong About the Origin of the Serenity Prayer. Huff Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/15/serenity-prayer-origin_n_5331924.html
We hope this has been informative and has answered your question on whether stress is the silent killer people speak of.