Friend of mine had his machine shed catch fire yesterday. Fortunately no one was injured, but I keep thinking to myself, the stress level in his life has got to be off the chart. He was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in April, had surgery in May. In June their farm sustained considerable storm damage from straight line winds.
In July, their place was hit with a tornado.
…and now a fire.
Back in the mid 80’s I audited several counseling classes. In one of them we looked at the effects of long-term stress.
(Side note: Not all stress is bad. In fact, in measured doses it can actually contribute to your quality of life. In gardening we call the process “Hardening off.” Hardening enables a plant to grow strong to be able to withstand all the challenges it will meet in the garden. The problems start when the plant experience too much stress in too short of time.)
Back to that class I mentioned….There was a stress assessment we all took called the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale.
It rated life events on a scale from 15 to 100 points. The higher you scored, the more likely a candidate you were to come down with a stressed induce illness.
Had a light bulb moment when I saw my score.
Over 300 points.
Here is a link to a new Huffington Post article on stress I just came across that ties right in to this topic.
Thoughts, comments questions? DM