Life is always going to be filled with a lot of different joys and a lot of different kinds of things that cause us distress or stress. The daily pressures that face us from our different relationships within the family and outside of the family like with friends or the boss or even those you work with. Finances as well as other things like the loss of a job, a loved one, having to move, all of these things are stressors and when the stress turns into distress it makes our ability to handle anxiety a lot harder.
It’s a known fact that there are both negative and positive stressors that will affect the way a person is able to cope with the stress levels in their life. Some of the negative things that affect our abilities to cope would be the death of a spouse or loved one, divorce, getting fired are just some big ones to mention. But even some of the positive things can also cause stress as well like planning for a wedding, the birth of a child, moving to a new and better place, even getting a promotion.
Distress as well as anxiety is going to reveal themselves in different ways with different people and there can be a vast variety of mental issues that can stem from this anxiety. For example PTSD or post traumatic disorder can happen if the person re-experiences that traumatic event or if they are trying to avoid experiencing it again. Some people may become agoraphobic when they suddenly fear going somewhere they feel might threaten them due to the stress they are experiencing.
Sometimes it can be quite hard to figure out the effects of the stress and when it is going to overload a person’s ability to be able to cope and use their coping mechanisms. It is suggested that a person learn how to examine their bodies and their feelings a long with how they behave under stress so that they can begin to identify the things that are making them feel this way. For instance a person might want to take note when they get hear palpitations, or when they feel muscle tension, have indigestion. These are sometimes clear warnings that you are under too much stress. It’s then to note what you were doing or experiencing prior to these things happening. This will then help a person to pinpoint what the triggers might be.
In order to cope better with stress a person needs to adapt habits that will assist them against the stressors. A person needs to be able to set limits in their life and know when they need to stop and do something that will help relax them. This could be saying no to a boss when they ask a person to take on extra work or if it’s saying no to someone else in your life who needs you to do something and you are already feeling overworked or over extended.
You can also help to combat stress by making sure that you have a diet that has all of the nutrients that you need to maintain good overall physical and mental balance. Exercise, like taking a walk or just doing stretching exercises can do wonders when it comes to a point when a person feels stress overtaking them.
Other good things to do to help cut down and fight stress would be getting in touch with your spiritual side, pray, meditate, listen to music that comforts you, write your feelings in a journal or even just getting out alone and communing with nature. All of these things seem to be able to calm a person down and help them to cope better with the stress in their lives.
Remember if stress leads to distress and starts to cause you to be impaired where it affects the quality of your life, it is time to seek professional help. The treatment you might receive could be a combination of therapy as well as some short term to long term medications that might help to get rid of your anxiety.