Posts Tagged Mental Stress

Emotional Manifestations of Stress

We feel stress in our body, mind, and in our emotions. It affects us on every level whether we know it or not. A lot can happen to us due to stress and it is not always clear that stress is the cause. The emotional stress we feel can do real harm to us. It can cause irrational decisions, anxiety, and panic. Emotional stress can be very uncomfortable but with proper skills and a more productive mindset we can protect ourselves from much of the damage.

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There is much to be said about the effects of emotional stress and much that can be done. Stress in essence is a physical response to an external stimuli. It serves to protect us from a harmful environment. It is rooted deep in our brain and is in direct relation to the fight-or-flight response. This stress response however is now being redirected to our society. A once protective trigger has been transformed by our urban environment to a far more useless tool. It can be protective and it does help us but the majority of stress is not beneficial. The stress response explodes out of the brain and affects the whole body. The mind shuts down to it’s lower levels of functioning and our emotions run wild.

What can be done?

Much can be done to protect ourselves from emotional stress. The first step is to identify all of the things that cause you stress. Make a list and begin to think more in depth about what really stresses you out. Once you identify your stressors begin to think about how they can be avoided. Not all can and you will never escape them all and in fact that would be  harmful to your growth. You will also need to find quality stress reducers and stress reduction techniques to further protect yourself from excessive stress. Check out these articles for more insight and feel free to browse around this site for more information. Stress Reduction Technique: Self Control and Acceptance: A Powerful Stress Reducer are a couple places to start and of course there are many sites out there looking to help you.

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Overcoming Mental Stress

Mental stress clouds our mind and our judgment.  It takes away from us good decision making skills and hinders our ability to think properly.  Stress is a response from the more primitive parts of our mind.  It is the fight or overcoming-mental-stressflight response that sends our mind into a focused chaos.  All non-critical functions of the body cease as you prepare yourself to avoid a dangerous situation.  This is how it is used in the wild; however we are creatures of an urbanized society.  The point of stress is rarely made in our everyday life.  Instead we feel the repercussions of the stress response as opposed to utilizing its benefits.

Setting goals

There are individuals in the world with extensive practice of meditation.  They eventually reach a point where they can control the involuntary actions of the body.  Hiccups, sneezing, even the dilation of the pupils are under their will power.  More importantly the fight or flight response becomes a choice.  This is quite a feat to accomplish and it is not one we can expect to accomplish without a great deal of practice.  Let us aim at a more achievable goal.

Lowering the fight or flight response

Lowering the fight or flight response is something we can all do to overcome mental stress.  It takes practice and the reprogramming our subconscious.  Tell yourself periodically that your fight or flight response is in your control.  Let yourself know that your response to non-dangerous stress isn’t one of fight or flight.  To get better control of the primitive parts of the mind we must utilize the subconscious.  It directly communicates with it as well as the whole body.  It listens to what we say and it does its best to follow your orders at all times.  This is not some pseudo-science, these are clinically proven methods of re-patterning of how you think and behave.

Gain control of your mind

To overcome mental stress we must gain control of the mind. We must adapt new techniques for handling old situations. Focusing and directing the mind in positive and constructive way will always be your choice. We can choose to improve ourselves for our benefit and for the loved ones around us. It is up to you and it always will be.

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What exactly is stress and how can we define it?

A psychologist would call stress how you choose to react to a stressor. There are three stages of effects of stress according to Hans Selye.what-is-stress

  1. Alarm – The stressor or event that may cause harm is perceived. This triggers the mind to go into alarm. Adrenaline is then created and released as well as the production and release of cortisol. You may begin to sweat and have a raised heart rate.
  2. Resistance – If the alarm state isn’t enough to overcome the stress we enter resistance. In resistance we try to cope with the stress psychologically.
  3. Exhaustion – This is the last stage of the general adaption syndrome. This is when your body cannot produce anymore cortisol and adrenaline and you cannot continue with the two previous stages. You may begin to sweat and have a raised heart rate again. If exhaustion is allowed to continue damage to the body is done, your immune system becomes very weak.

In the end this could mount itself into your life in forms of depression, you may also get ulcers, cardiovascular issues, and even diabetes. All of this sounds very serve. It is unlikely most stress will develop this far and it is rare the aforementioned will happen. It is likely the first two stages of this will happen. But if you find yourself in the third stage you must find a solution. While you can maintain this stage for quite sometime you will want to take steps to not let it go this far. There are plenty of articles here for this and many more to come so please keep checking back.

Stress is easy to define, you know what it feels like. You now know some more of the affects it may have. Along with these it can cause behavioral changes, decrease in cognition, muscle tension as well as headaches. Be sure to not let yourself get carried away with stress and always be aware of when stress is happening in your life.

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