How To Be Less Stressed
There are plenty of things for us to be stressed about these days. There have been many natural disasters that have been rampaging. Monster wildfires, earthquakes, heat waves, and hurricanes. Not only natural disasters but horrible shootings and violence in our world. If you’ve been personally affected by any of these catastrophes you may be experiencing traumatic stress. It doesn’t matter if you weren’t directly in harm’s way, it can be someone you know or even seeing images, reading stories, or watching the news. The can be considered secondary traumatic stress.
These things that are happening in our world can cause someone to feel stressed, anxious, worried, exhausted, irritated, and unmotivated.
10 Tips To Not Be So Stressed
1. Know and Understand What Stress Is. Stress is a result of how we are made. Our physiology. When our brain detects a threat such as a natural disaster or even a loud noise, our body sends a surge of stress hormones through our blood stream. Our breathing changes, our tension within our body and even our heart rate. Even if we’re not in immediate danger we can feel “stressed out” which can take a toll on our bodies and emotion health.
2. Understand that stress is unavoidable. Don’t try to get rid of all the stress from your life. We cannot control all stress in our life. It happens. Our goal is to learn to manage it.
3. Focus on calming your brain and body. If our mind and body are being overwhelmed by something we are more prone to feel stressed. For example, if my kids have been screaming and throwing tantrums for the past 2 hours, the house is in disarray, I haven’t done my workout today, and I need to get to work; I’m going to feel overwhelmed and thus will start feeling stressed.
4. Seek out ways to calm your brain. We tend to get bored trying the same techniques we know to calm our brain. Find multiple ideas such as sleeping, resting, eating nutritious foods, engaging in a social activity, or being out in nature. Think about yourself, do you go to the same thing every time you want to calm you brain?
5. Learn brain-calming techniques. Meditative breathing, yoga, being more observant of your thoughts and feelings can be a way to calm your brain. It takes practice, to be better skilled we need to practice what it is we are going to try when we’re not stressed and when we are.
6. Get the support you need. Use people. Meaning, let others help you when you’re feeling stressed. We tend to think that others will be annoyed if we ask for him. Instead of reacting to this automatic thought, we need to ask for help.
7. Get therapy. A qualified therapist can be of great help when you’re looking for a way to feel less stressed. They have techniques and can practice these with you.
8. Seek brain based treatment for trauma or overwhelming stress. If you have trauma in your background or you’ve witnessed someone else’s trauma you may feel panic attacks, anxiety, or depression. There are many therapists that can help. One is called EMDR, this enables your brain to process traumatic memories.
9. Learn a mindfulness. Mindfulness can be used to relive stress and help you live in the moment. Use the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 method. Find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. Try to describe these things without putting judgement.
10. Use your resources. Read books and keep trying new things. Watch videos. What works for someone else might not work for you. Keep trying.
I have been practicing for the past 10 years. I'd like to talk about what is on my mind as a therapist. In turn, I hope to help my readers and clients.