Stress Management Activity
How often does the same old stress management activity advice just end up annoying you?
Have you stopped to think about why it might annoy you?
The response to that question from many of my clients has been that many stress techniques are unrealistic.
They had been so overwhelmed by stress that they felt there was nothing left over to deal with their stress.
Stress Management Activity 101
To effectively cope with stress requires two main factors:
It’s important to understand that unmanaged stress is, fundamentally, about not having the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with the stressors of your life.
It doesn't matter how intelligent you are, how successful you are, or how strong of a person you are. If your brain doesn’t feel as if you have the skills necessary to adapt to a particular stressor, then your stress response will stay activated.
Period. End of story. Those are the facts.
How does the stress response work?
The stress response is part of the autonomic nervous system of the brain…This is the part of the brain that takes care of the body without our having to think about it…like breathing.
Within the autonomic nervous system, there are two parts:
- The “fight or flight” stress response – the sympathetic nervous system
- and the relaxation response – the parasympathetic nervous system
Think of these two systems as one of the most important innate relationships your body has. And, just like in any healthy relationship there is a need for balance to exist between them.
The fight or flight part of the brain is activated in response
to any threat of uncertainty.
That threat of uncertainty can be something physical, like being chased by a dog. But, for most of us it is a perceived
threat of uncertainty…your fears and worries.
If you were being chased by a dog, your stress response would be triggered and your body would respond accordingly to help you survive that threat.
Ironically, the stress response is there to protect you.
Once you have effectively found safety from the dog, it would not take long for the relaxation response to be activated because you have perceived yourself to be safe. Your body can once again relax.
What do you suppose happens with your constant fears and worry?
Stress management activity techniques
As we work together, you will come to understand the power that you have inside of you. There is truly a
in who you are.
It will be out of those conversations of how to manage your stress from a more holistic perspective that, in the end, you will come to understand the stress management activity that work best for you and the circumstances of your life.
But, for now here are my top three recommendations for you to get you started in managing your stress:
- It is important to do more slow deep breathing from your abdomen. When you breathe deeply from your abdomen, the vagus nerve will activate the relaxation response.
- You don’t always have to figure out why you are feeling the way you are. Give yourself permission to just let the emotions pass through you. They will…
- Frequently throughout your day, say this mantra:
I am physically safe…
There is no physical threat…
It’s okay to relax...
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Let me help you get back on track with yourself and your life.
There is hope that you can find a stress management activity that will give you control over your life once again.
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