Burton Goldsmith Tribune News Service
Are you feeling stressed or anxious lately? Don’t let yourself down about it because it’s a natural reaction to difficult times.
To better understand how to reduce the effects of stress, let’s look at the components of stress. In life-threatening situations, or those that feel life-threatening, we may have a fight or flight response, or a freeze or faint response. can be classified into categories. These responses are automatic. They originate from the very core of the brain.
Stress isn’t all bad. It can motivate and inspire us to action. Some people can’t wake up in the morning without stress. Stress reminds us of our response to life. However, your response to stress can increase or decrease your anxiety levels, so it’s important to pay attention to how you react.
Negative reactions to stress increase feelings of tension and anxiety.
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Here’s a quick visualization. Imagine your mind as if a kettle were boiling and full of steam. To stop the noise, steam a little at a time and do it continuously. Whether you are more or less stressed than everyone else is more important than how you handle stress (more precisely, whether you don’t). How you react to stress determines the mood of your entire day and how you interact with other humans.
Stress is a cue to start coping training. First, try using positive stress-coping statements such as “I’m sure you’ll be fine” or “This would be so easy.” These positive statements have the power to reduce anxiety. This type of coping mechanism is often too simplistic and is often overlooked. But sometimes simple is simply the best option.
After using coping statements, face stressful situations. Continue to use stress coping statements (positive self-talk) to reorient your thoughts as your stress levels are likely to rise. Tips for self-soothing include thinking about your last vacation and where you would like to travel. Moving your mind to a happy place will help break the deadlock. Thinking or talking about things that have nothing to do with the source of your stress can help reduce tension.
Deep breathing and relaxation exercises can also help. For example, if you’re having a stressful checkup, your doctor will explain the test to you, helping you relax. please listen. Close your eyes if necessary and take a deep breath. At the end of the procedure, pat yourself on the back and reinforce your success with experience. This will help you remember how well you did and relax even more next time. I tell myself Smooth next time! ” It works now.
Preparing for stress will help you cope better with it and make you less anxious in the moment. The above exercise creates a holding pattern of anxiety. Any success will make you want to use it again and again. Maintaining self-compassion benefits everyone’s life.
Dr. Barton Goldsmith is a psychotherapist. Send an email to Barton@bartongoldsmith.com.