Researchers define stress as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. I simply define stress as moments in life that knock the wind out of you. One recent example of stress would be losing two grandparents in a two week period. Stressful.
No matter what is happening in your life or what you have gone through in the past; it's always up to you how you chose to manage the stress in your life. It is so much easier to sit home and drown yourself in alcohol, chocolate chip cookies, skittles, or no food at all. But at the end of it all, that stress is still there. You have to find healthier habits of dealing with the issues and tragedies in life. If you don't, then the stress will win and take over your entire life.
It would have been much easier for me to curl up in a ball and cry like a baby rather than sending out this post. But I believe that victories come after trials and because of that I press forward. I hope that as always my transparency will bless those that read this blog.