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How to Adapt to and Identify Emotional Stress

identify-emotional-stressEmotional stress can be overwhelming and it isn’t always easy to identify and adapt to. It can hide in the back of your mind and bleed through into your everyday life. It can range from devastating to a minor inconvenience. Even when it does not seem to be a burden it can be affecting you in ways you don’t notice or don’t give credit to emotional stress as the cause.

There are a few important signs to pay attention to that you may have not in the past. Emotional stress can affect behavior, cognition, and it can also affect your body. Your body triggers adrenaline production in reaction to stress and as mentioned before release cortisol, a harmful chemical. Emotional stress can elevate heart rate as well as cause headaches and migraines. Along with these effects it can cause you to feel very tired and irritable which I’m sure you know. Look for all of these signs and look for the links to your stress.

Once you know what to look for you can trace this emotional stress back to its source you can begin to either avoid or adapt to this stress. Adapting to the stress involves a few steps and some time. You have to accept this stressor as it is. You need to try and change your reaction to it. When the stressor is present look at it for what it is. Is it worth getting worked up over? You must remember it is your reaction that is causing the stress and to a point (a much lager one than you may think) you control your reaction.

So begin to identify your stressors. Pay attention to the way you feel and the effects listed above. Try to link them to get a better idea of how damaging it is and how much better you will feel when you take back control of your mind and life!

How to adapt to and identify emotional stress

Emotional stress can be overwhelming and it isn’t always easy to identify and adapt to. It can hide in the back of your mind and bleed through into your everyday life. It can range from devastating to a minor inconvenience. Even when it does not seem to be a burden in can be affecting you in ways you don’t notice or don’t give credit to the emotional stress as the cause.

There are a few important signs to pay attention to that you may have not in the past. Emotional stress can affect behavior, cognition, and it can also affect your body. Your body triggers adrenaline production in reaction to stress and as mentioned before release cortisol, a harmful chemical. Emotional stress can elevate heart rate as well as cause headaches and migraines. Along with these effects it can cause you to feel very tired and irritable. Look for all of these signs and look for the links to your stress.

Once you know what to look for you and you trace this emotional stress back to it’s source you can begin to either avoid of adapt this stress. Adapting to the stress involves a few steps and some time. You have to accept the stressor as it is. You need to try and change your reaction to it. When the stressor is present look at it for what it is. Is it worth getting worked up over? You must remember it is your reaction that is causing the stress and to a point (a much lager one than you may think) you control your reaction.

So begin to identify your stressors. Pay attention to the way you feel and the listed effects above. Try to link them to get a better idea of how damaging it is and how much better you will feel when you take back control of your mind and life!

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A few great methods for calming down

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Try taking several deep breathes to calm down

There are a million different ways we can become stressed out.  Stress can really come at you when you least expect it, and the best defense for a stress attack is a good knowledge of how to fight it.  Thankfully, there are several different ways to help yourself calm down after a long stressful day.

The first method I like to use to calm down is get some exercise or simply go for a walk.  Walking helps you release pressure build up from stress and it also releases a naturally occurring chemical in your body called an endorphin.  Going out into nature, a park, or even just a sidewalk can be much less stressful than remaining where you are currently at anyways.  This will help you both get the exercise you need to stay healthy and the time you need to think your way through your stressful situation.

Simply taking deep breathes to calm down is another stressreducer.org favorite.  If you can’t find your way to the park for a quick stress-walk then try finding your way to a cubicle or bathroom stall where you can be alone for a few moments.  Simply take many very deep breathes repetitively and in a calm manner.  This can be done anywhere, but being alone really helps reduce the stress.  Technically, the oxygen that you are inserting into your body is promoting healthy blood flow and oxidizing/cycling red blood cell levels throughout the body.  This calms the nerves, and releases physical tension as well.

Calming down can be a very difficult thing to do when you are in a pickle.  However, there are ways to reduce the amount of times you get riled up in the first place.  One of the best ways to do this is a change in the way you perceive certain situations and interactions with people, work, and the things around you.  This is a lifestyle change type of defensive attack towards stress.  The goal is to reframe the situation that you are in, and reanalyze you opinion of the situation into a less stressful viewpoint.  You can greatly increase the experience during a situation that might need calmed down by the way you look at things.  Reading mental health books and other pieces of literature that address pessimism and other destructive emotional thought patterns can really be a lot of help to someone who wants help calming down.

Of course this is all easier said than done, but at least you have learned a few quick methods to help with calming down, and a good suggestion for a long term attack at your stress problems.  Remember, calming down can be easier than you think, after all, it is mostly mental.

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Emotional Stress and You

emotionally-stressed-guyStress can build up and over time and become very emotionally damaging. It affects us emotionally as well as mentally and physically. It can put up mental and emotional blocks that over time can distance us from the people and things that make us happy. Emotional stress is not something to push aside and try to avoid; it is something to deal with as it comes.

Don’t push aside emotional stress

Without emotional stress our life becomes more rich, the experiences we have become more exciting and welcomed, and our relationships become more fulfilling. It is not necessary to feel this emotional stress and by no means is it necessary to have it take the drivers seat of our life. The more you push it aside the more it takes control, the less attention you pay to it the more attention it takes from you (in subtle and not so subtle ways).

Keys to overcoming emotional stress

There are many keys to overcoming this emotional stress, you must listen to it as it arises. What are the triggers for this emotional stress? Is it something you can change? If these triggers are not something you can avoid, the next step is to accept them as they are. Once you accept them as a part of your life you can begin to adapt to them. You will start to gain control over them. You will start you realize it is not this that is stressing you out, but it is your reaction to it that is causing the stress. You will continue to learn that it is your choice of how to respond to the stress. You will start to see that the emotional stress is something that you are choosing to have in your life.

Remember it is your choice to feel the emotional stress, you are empowered but you must realize it.

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