“Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.” ― Richard Carlson
We all get stressed out. However, what people don’t openly discuss is the toll chronic stress takes on our mental and physical health.
Stress is a situation in which the body triggers a fight-or-flight response that sends a signal to the brain, prompting for a physical or mental response and resulting in a chemical and hormone surge throughout the body.
Frequent surges in stress chemicals and hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can lead to:
Low energy levels
Frequent colds and infections
Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
Being at peace with oneself and the world is easier said than done. The market is flooded with self-help media contents, meditation podcasts and “stress relieve” medications. However, easing feelings of chronic stress might take longer than one meditation session. It takes both awareness and persistence to feel a noticeable effect.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
People who experience stress from many sources including academic pressure, family problems, health concerns and financial difficulties. Support groups can allow us to make connections and find support knowing that no one is alone.
In addition, other benefits of participating in support groups include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma
Getting practical advice or information about how to reduce stress
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost-effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups
You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.