You’re Not You When You’re Stressed

   It was the second night after I’d moved to a foreign country and the fire alarm went off in the house at 2 a.m. Completely disoriented, I leapt out of bed, and ran down the stairs. A few steps down apparently my legs forgot how to operate correctly, I tumbled the rest of the way down and sprained my…

The United States of Stress

There’s a movie “Contagion” where doctors and government officials try desperately to stop the rapid spread of a serious virus that wreaks havoc on social order, leading to riots, looting, and other examples of the very worst of human behavior. The virus was on the verge of ruining the entire world when finally, the scientists were able to get to…

The Time Stress Nearly Killed Me

At 27, I was stressed. My allergies were so severe I would break out into hives every day. I had eczema so bad I avoided exercise because sweating was so painful with the rashes I would cry. My body was so inflamed I felt like scratching my skin off most days. Once I allowed myself to do it and rubbed…