Stress does some terrible things to people. We’re admonished frequently against it getting the better of us, if for nothing else, the sake of our bodies — stress weakens the immune system, causes disturbances in sleep and digestion, and of course, disrupts the body’s natural “flow”. Muscles become tense and backs blossom with knots.
The deeper the root of stress the worse the reactions can be, and we’ve all been there to some extent or another, when mood swings become a reaction to stress.
Sadly, a highly common reaction is domestic violence in times of financial woe. I just caught this headline on Yahoo!News stating that child abuse is on the rise, linked to the economic times.
This is not okay. This is NOT okay. It is never, ever excusable to harm another human being or animal to “blow off some steam”!!!! Think! It is a child, that relies on you for protection, sustenance and love, and only has love for you. Do not resent that child for its dependence upon you. Children are OUR and YOUR future, and they don’t stay children forever. Give that child every ounce of goodness and love you have, it costs nothing, and through that you’re insuring your own peace of mind later in their life and in yours. Introduce them to a world of opportunities, even if it may seem like there are none to introduce them to. Encourage their dreams, even if it feels like the lights around your own have gone out (and that’s rarely even true). Don’t perpetuate your own frustrations, failures and worries. Don’t harm people, especially people who cannot fucking defend themselves. Especially people who only live to love you.
STOP the goddamn violence.