After managing a taxing event or difficult time, you might think youâre in the clear. But stress is like an earthquake that triggers waves of exhaustion and depletion. To recover from this delayed response, first you have to recognize whatâs happening.
Waking Up Exhausted Isnât Always from Depression
When my alarm went off at 5:00 this morning, I woke up feeling paralyzedâ¦. I couldnât move to get out of bed.
Itâs a good thing I didnât have to be anywhere, so I reset my alarm to 6 a.m.
The SAME thing happened.â¦ I felt stuck, like I was in cement!
One more time, I reset my alarmâthis time I had to make myself get up because I had to leave to drive home.
The good news: It wasnât the depression causing this to happen.
Instead, it was something Iâd discovered during my 27 years of teaching stress mastery to patients in the hospital.
Iâd just experienced a â¦
âStress Tidal Waveâ
Now, youâre probably wondering, What is a Stress Tidal Wave?
What Iâd discovered is when we face a very stressful situation and we get ourselves through it, there is still more stress response to come!
In other words, thereâs a stress ripple response.
Itâs just like when thereâs an earthquake and then we have to put out tsunami warnings afterward. The earthquake occurs and then, sometime later, the ripple effect of the earthquake arrives as a tidal wave.
Recognizing the Stress Response
Like a real tidal wave, Stress Tidal Waves can be scary if you donât know what is happening and are not prepared for them.
I witnessed this once, at a training session about six months ago. Suddenly, a woman collapsed in her seat. The paramedics came, and everything checked out okay.
I later found out that sheâd been taking care of her five grandchildren over the weekend, and two of them had special needs.
When I learned of how stressful things had been for her, I shared how I thought sheâd just experienced a Stress Tidal Wave.
Her body got her through the very stressful weekend of taking care of the kids, then the exhaustion hit her a few days afterward.
This effect is well known. I remember doing a college internship at a company that was facing a hostile bid takeover. The board meeting was on Saturday and they put the emergency rooms on heart-attack-alert status for Monday.
What I hope you walk away with is this:
- Understanding what a Stress Tidal Wave is: a ripple response after the immediate stressor has been dealt with.
- Being able to recognize and manage them, since we cannot stop them: build in recovery time after stressful events. Allow yourself the space, time, and peace you will need, should a Stress Tidal Wave come ashore.
~To Living Well TODAY!~
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