Work is stressful.
Parenting is stressful.
Getting married is stressful.
Even going on vacation is stressful.
Not all stress is bad stress, but too much stress can be harmful if not handled well.
Chronic stress can increase your risk for developing depression, especially if you are having a difficult time coping with it. If you are having trouble coping, chronic stress can wear you down and overwhelm you. You may frequently be in a bad mood, your productivity may decrease, your relationships may suffer, you may develop sleep problems, and you might even find it difficult to go about your normal daily routine.
How to deal with stress
There are 2 major ways to address stress in your life. The first is to remove the stressor. This could be a terrible job that you have, or a “friend” that is an energy drain. It could be a squeaky fan that drives you nuts every day. While there are some adjustments that you can make in your everyday life, the reality is that the majority of stressors cannot be done away with, not legally anyway.
That brings me to the second way to deal with the stress in your life. This has more to do with adjustments in your attitude, in your patterns of thinking. This is many times easier said than done and takes a lot practice to implement.
The Stressed Mom and corresponding services are dedicated to helping moms everywhere learn to recognize the stressors in your lives, teaching you which things you can physically do something about, and learning to change your thought patterns about those that you can’t, and then helping you continue with these thoughts and habits to improve the overall quality of your life.
For those who are extremely overwhelmed, or suffer with mild-to-moderate depression*, our program can help to train the brain and overcome so many of the negative thought patterns that can plague those with depression.
So, can stress cause depression? Unchecked, chronic stress without strong coping skills can most definitely leave the door open for depression to creep in.
If you need help learning to cope, be sure to reach out to your doctor/therapist.
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*If you believe you are depressed, please see your doctor, or if feel suicidal or hopeless call 1-800-273-8255 ASAP.