How to Cope and Overcome Stress
Stress is any change in the environment that requires your body to react and adjust in response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental and emotional responses.
Stress is a normal part of life. It is a natural and a physical reaction to experiences in your life. Many events that happen to you and around you, many things that you do yourself, put stress on your body. You can experience good or bad forms of stress from your environment, your thoughts and your physical body.
Effects on your behaviour: social withdrawal, anger outbursts, overeating or undereating, drug or alcohol misuse, overspending
Effects on your mood: anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, feeling overwhelmed, irratibility or anger, sadness or depression.
Effects on the body: headache, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, stomach upset, sleep problems
Stress can be very harmful to those who already have a weak immune system or those with mental disorders. Stress can lead to many diseases and problems such as heart insufficiency. Therefore, it's essential to learn how to have stress under control.
If we can control our emotions, which means we know how to monitor them, then we can get a clear point of view on how we can deal with them on a psychological and spiritual level. If you think rationally, getting yourself more fired up by being in a negative state of mind all the time is not going to help. In fact, you will only feel worse and create the opposite of good outcomes, because of negative self-talk and beliefs.
The best thing you can do is to always remain calm. Train yourself to always see the cup half full rather than half empty. Then recognize the problem by looking at it from an objective point of view.
Always see the bright side in everything. If you can't see it, look for it. We live in a world where there's duality in everything. We've been conditioned to normalize complaints and bad behaviour, but the truth of matter is that in order to live a happy life, having a positive attitude is crucial. Amazing things and opportunities are less likely to fall into your lap when you see things grey all the time.
Positivity and a positive lifestyle is something to be conscious about and something you have to train yourself to become better and better at. If you continue to catch yourself every time you feel stressed or stuck over something, over time stress won't get the best of you and it becomes something you can live with in a healthy manner. In fact, you might even become able to use that low vibrational energy to divert it into the opposite of your previous way of thinking and handling situations, which will grant great results.
People love to blame and play victim of their circumstances, even if they don't always admit it. Of course, stress is a normal reaction to experience, yet a lot of people get more fired up because they victimize themselves for what happened or because they blame others. While it's always possible that someone else is responsable for what you are going through, don't point fingers or start yelling. Remain calm and observe the issues that are finding place. Then find a solution to solve the problem in the most sufficient and practical way.
What you will notice is that when you do this, you will automatically find yourself in a much more peaceful, calm and healthy mindset with clear thoughts and intentions to overcome your problems.
Look For A Way To Distract Yourself
Looking for a way to distract yourself is extremely beneficial to release stress. Think about the things you're passionate about. Start doing what you love and focus on that. Repeat this on a daily basis to achieve the best long-term outcome . It will reduce any stress you might have.
It sounds cliché, but what you'll find is the more you do it, the more you are living in a higher energy frequency and the less you will feel stressful or anxious. When you do what you love, you increase your dopamine level. In contrast, low levels of dopamine are linked to low motivation and decreased enthusiasm.
A Few Practices That Will Help To Reduce Stress
Incorporating a habit of daily meditation is amazing to release stresslevels and observe your (negative) thoughts, so you can release them. You can find many (guided) meditation video's on YouTube, which are excellent if you are a beginner.
Observe your thoughts
Observing your thoughts is a game-changer to stop identifying with things that aren't related to you. This goes hand in hand with meditation, but you should start observing your thoughts also when not performing a meditation. You will notice that by thinking the same thoughts repeatedly, you actually began to identify yourself with them. Once you become aware of these thought patterns, you can make the choice to let them go. Observing your thoughts will also help you to become more present.
Stay in the present moment
This is so important and must never be underrated. Many of the unwanted thoughts we have come from either thinking from the past or the future. By staying present and observing solely what's happening in the present moment, you are more likely to stay calm and manifest better future results.
Listen to positive and calm music
You don't only want to listen to this type of music during meditation, but also during the day when you can and before going to sleep and even better, while you sleep. 432hz Music for example is amazing for anxiety release and increasing loving and positive energy.
Go to sleep with 432hz music or music anywhere between 4 to 8hz and find a video on YouTube which consists of a minimum of 8 hours long with positive affirmations that include love and self-confidence. You can listen to it with or without earphones while you sleep to rewire your subconscious mind.
Talk to someone you trust
Whether you are in any form of therapy or not, make sure you always have someone that you can talk to when you feel sad, lonely or depressed. This can be anyone in your life. It's essential to talk to someone when you feel low or anxious to not let everything build up inside of you. There is always someone out there wanting to reach their hand out to you when you need help. Many times people are even happy about you choosing them to help you and are willing to listen. Don't ever be afraid to ask for help.
Keep a journal
Keep a journal where you write down all of your thoughts. When you experience negative thoughts, write them down and then write down the positive opposite of these thoughts and what you can do to optimize these thoughts to bring into action what you desire.