Stress and Effects of World War 2
What creates the symptoms of stress?
Why does it seem so many people are experiencing stress?
Has stress always been around, or is it something new?
Was there ever a time when stress symptoms were none existent?
How to Cope With Stress Before The World War
While searching through the library at a local university I came across a book by Robert Kugelmann entitled, Stress: The Nature and History of Engineered Grief. I found this book very interesting in addressing the stress symptoms.
In chapter 3, The Martial Beginning of Stress, Kugelmann presents a very interesting notion that people did not talk about how to cope with stress until after the Second World War. He says,
During the dark days surrounding the Second World War, the notion of stress emerged from the background of collective perception and discourse. The ground was ready to produce such a growth.
The Second World War introduced a new level of stress.
- The threat to countries
- the brutality of war
- the loss of loved ones
These were just a few of the stress symptoms created during this time. However, these emotions had become issues that humans across the planet were encountering.
How to Cope With the Affects of War
The atrocities of the World War II invaded the psyche of every adult in the world. It created a new way of thinking. Kugelmann refers to this as “engineered grief.”
It was Kugelmann’s belief that this type of thinking did not exist before the Second World War. If this is the case and stress is here to stay, then how do we manage it in our lives?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Physical exercise and managing your body are essential in battling stress symptoms.
- Self-development is important. The career and job are important, however; if they dominate your life and drown out your visions and dreams, it will destroy self-development.
- Inner-Control of your life. It is very easy to allow outside forces, companies, organizations and other people to dominate your life. Do not let this take place!
- Quite Time. Are there moments in your day not consumed by other people?
- An Empty Place. Do you have a place that is not consumed by outside forces? It is hard to have a “Quite Time” without an “Empty Place.”
Stress Symptoms Have Been Around For A Long Time
Stress symptoms have become a reality for us in our culture. The movies we watch, the music we listen to and every job we perform are catalysts for this emotion.
Although some may think that stress had just shown up in the past century, there is no doubt that it has been around for some time. As far back as the first century when Christ was walking the earth with his disciples, it was recorded in the New Testament that his disciples were dealing with stress.
“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
Stress symptoms and fatigue have been in existence long before the first and second World Wars. The need to find peace and rest have been a challenge for humanity since creation.
The advice of Jesus in Mark 6:31 to his disciples in dealing with stress is great advice for anyone:
- Get away for awhile
- Spend some time with God
- Experience some silence
- Get some rest
What are you doing about stress symptoms in your life?
Do you understand and realize what the causes of stress are in your life?
Do you have a plan to deal with the stress symptoms?
Jesus also gave these words of encouragement to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27
Stress symptoms are a reality. However, there is hope if we look in the right place.