The Pittsfield Pilgrim 

July- August 2020

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“Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.”-Danzae Pace

Properly disposing of the additional stresses thrust at us by the coronavirus pandemic over these past five months, let alone our normal daily stresses of living, has not been easy to do. Add on the confusion and conflicting information about how the virus spreads, the effectiveness of wearing of masks, etc., and the stress level rises.

Dr. Steven Melemis, a leading expert in addictions and mood disorders, describes two kinds of stress. External stress which is what happens around us, (COVID-19 for example) and internal stress, also called tension, which is what we feel. External stress is unavoidable. Tension is our response to external stress, and the most important part of stress because it is what we can control.

Minister's Minute