Suarez-Orendain: Surviving the waves

THE waves of the sea claw at the sand, leaving debris behind while carting away a bit of the shore. There are times the waves deliver a left hook to the the rocky cliff with its powerful Pacmanic energy.

The sea does have rest days. There are times it is benign, its surface not acting out like a spoiled brat. In Cebuano, we have the word “ayaay” or for the sea to be slacking off.

You know this next statement is forthcoming: So it is with life. We are beset by pressures and troubles that toss us around like dirty laundry in a rickety washing machine.

Mixed metaphors aside, there are many among us who have pressures, pains, troubles and worries for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and we do not have a name for our situation.

Too bad I did not coin the single word for it in its modern application: stress, the Ondoys and Paengs of life.

Clevelandclinic.org simplified the meaning of stress as “a normal reaction the body has when changes occur, resulting in physical, emotional and intellectual responses... a normal human reaction that happens to everyone,” thus no one is immune to stress—not even the weather because it does experience depression.

After that failed attempt at trying to be funny, there is nothing ha-ha-ha about stress.

National Today said every first Wednesday of November is the US National Stress Awareness Day.

This year it is on Nov. 2. The International Stress Management Association advocates knowledge about stress and its management.

WebMd, among other websites I surfed, listed some of the causes of stress, a response to pressures and problems. Some of the stressors are emotional woes (anger, guilt, depression), care-giving (I know this too well), and trauma from disasters or violence.

The familiar signs are oversleeping or difficulty in sleeping, feeling stuck in a rut, lacking focus or motivation, and rage, extreme worry, depression and irritability.

Cleveland Clinic did say stress can be positive. It helps people adjust to events because it pushes us to evade dangers, and seek solutions. But too much of the “sea waves” becomes a problem when the “ayaay moments” do not occur.

I have to travel down the simplistic avenue on how to handle stress due to this corner’s tiny space.

Learn to be thankful every day for the good in your life. Personally this is helping me cope. Do get in touch with people when you feel like drowning, develop a craft, have a healthy diet, and be active even if it’s only housecleaning. Learn to say no. Admit you can’t change everything.

Laugh. Watch comedy shows and the like. WebMD said laughing lowers stress hormones.