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Stress: Coping in Difficult Times

Think freely and with an open mind. We all feel stress and anxious at different times in our lives.

We all feel stress and anxious at different times in our lives. We all feel stress and anxious at different times in our lives. We all feel stress and anxious at different times in our lives.

While some have learned various methods of coping, others seem to encounter varying degrees of difficulty in managing their stress level at some time or another.

Stress may come as a result of mental or emotional pressures. You may feel overwhelmed with life at times.

The disconnect begins with a real or perceived demand placed on your brain or physical body. We may also feel stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on us.

We are faced with an unpleasant stimuli and we feel incapable of holding the reigns. We try valiantly to hang on but may become unable to and just let go, retreating into ourselves.

The Two Types of Stress:

  • Acute stress
  • Chronic stress

Acute Stress:

Acute stress has its origins in the fight-or-flight response. It is the body’s signal of imminent danger that alerts us to the presence of a threat and prepares us to fight or to take flight.

Chronic Stress:

When the stressor remains for longer periods of time, it may lead to issues with your health. This ongoing stress can may produce symptoms, such as, SOB, headaches and insomnia. The chronic-stress responses are sneaky and subtle than is the acute-stress response, but the effects may be longer lasting and way more problematic.

Stress can be triggered by sudden emotional change, e.g. loss. A change in your living situation, your health and your world, e.g., the Coronavirus.

Manage Stress By:

  • Getting enough rest
  • Taking deep breaths
  • Use guided imagery
  • Recognizing factors that trigger stress
  • Keeping a diary, things seem much less threatening when you see it written down
  • Progressive relaxation
  • Laughter
  • Music
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Physical activity, eg. yoga, exercise
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Limiting caffeine & alcohol
  • Avoid illicit drugs, these may make stress and anxiety worse
  • Get a change of scenery e.g., take a walk
  • Medication therapy
  • Develop hobbies

Deep breathing − Breathe in slowly through your nose. Hold your breath for about 3 seconds. Exhale slowly out your mouth. Close your eyes, if you can, and concentrate on controlling and slowing down your breathing.

Guided imagery − Close your eyes and picture a safe, peaceful scene. Choose some place you love and where you feel safe. Concentrate on the details of the scene and remember how you feel when you are there.

Progressive relaxation − Sit or lie quietly. Start by making a group of muscles tense or tight and then relax them. Tense your muscles for at least 5 seconds and then relax for 30 seconds, and repeat. Then, move to another group.

Laughter − Laughing helps lower stress. Try watching a comedy on television. Tell funny stories. Share jokes, books or laugh with a friend.

Music − If you love music like I do, this is a surefire way to allay feelings of stress and anxiety and help you to relax. If you play an instrument, now is a good time to give it a go.

Massage − We all know the joys and benefits of a good massage, get a back rub from someone you feel safe with just bask in the presence of their companionship.

Meditation − Do a familiar activity that calms you and helps you clear your mind. If a walk or a run helps you to feel calm, do so in a safe space.

Take a 10-second break − You may feel very stressed but not able to leave where you are. If so, close your eyes and breathe deeply for 10 seconds, e.g., on an airplane.

Yoga or other forms of martial arts− These slow and purposeful body movements coupled with deep breathing, serves to take your focus off the stressor and can help you feel better.

Limit caffeine, alcohol and illicit street drugs – these substances can all cause some stress and anxiety, so avoid them when and if possible.

Finally medication therapy – talk to your healthcare provider about what medication options are available and may be effective for your situation, while still allowing you to remain a productive member of society and try to be an active participant in your care.

Please comment and share any other tips you may have for dealing with stress, especially during this stressful time.

 

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20 thoughts on “Stress: Coping in Difficult Times

  1. Very informative.

    1. Thank you.

  2. This came at a perfect time for me! I was having a total freak out about college, but you helped me remember just to breathe. Thank you!

  3. Definitely a reiki meditation with chanting! Great tips, thank you! 😊☺️😊

    1. Hope our situation does not last forever.

      1. Me too. It is starting to feel like … too long already… just be over soon please? It’s kinda heavy.

  4. Rest is important when handling stress. Love the tips you shared sis. Projecting calm in our minds aids us too.

    1. Continuing our social distancing and prayers are really all we can do. Some already out of work, these are difficult times.

      1. Yes sis. Totally. 💯
        Sighs. The loss of job is alarming too.
        May His peace calm all these. 🙏
        Be good. 🤗

        1. Oh my yes, lots of folks wondering. I hope the powers that be, will make some concession for those who cannot keep their financial commitments and give a 3-month grace period before re-evaluation and not have the added pressure of having to worry about fore-closures.
          I second your prayers, we need all the prayers we can get.
          I pray His peace and blessings on your family as well as the world as we wait…

          1. Hmm. Sighs.
            True, I wonder why they just had to lay off just like that. It’s totally saddening.
            Thanks sis. Yes we do.
            I know we will be fine and thankfully we have a resource bank in God that won’t shut us down or out.

            Thanks sis. Amen!. ❤

            1. I hear that.

    2. Stay safe- how are you and your family coping ?

      1. Thanks sis. 🤗
        I’m good and you?.

        All good too. Thanks a lot. ☺

        1. We are all well. Praying it stays that way.

          1. That is good. It will, by His Grace. 🤗

  5. Such a nice post! If we remain calm and try to see the good in any situation, we can definitely reduce stress in our lives. Prayer is wonderful too. Jehovah God does care. He wants us to throw all our anxiety on him.🌸 Stay healthy and safe!

    1Peter5:7-While you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

    Jeremiah 29:11-For I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you, declares Jehovah. Thoughts of peace and not of calamity. To give you a future and a hope.

    1. Oh yes, Amen. God’s promises, does calm the spirit so. Thank you. Blessings.

  6. At 11 am on 20 June 2020 celebrate the Global Women and Girls’ Heart Dance Event around the world. This date has been earmarked as a date for women and girls around the world to get together and in unison (through dance, music, meditation, intention) send energy of unity, love and compassion throughout the world. We can all see and feel that the world could benefit from more love and compassion right now and this event is being organized to create shifts in the way we treat ourselves, each other and the Earth. “Where words fail, music speaks,” there are times where words will not be enough to appease, heal and convince, so in those moments, it’s best not to say a thing; switch on the radio, listen to your best tunes and dance like nobody’s watching. I wrote a blog article about this feel free to check it out – https://authorjoannereed.net/global-woman-and-girls-heart-dance-event/

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