Learn More About Stress
Stress complicates life, making everything seem difficult, heavy, and overwhelming. Stress creates many negative effects on our physical and mental health, but the good news is that we can disrupt this automatic reaction and learn to respond to stressors differently. Below you’ll find articles and resources to help you both understand and deal with feelings of stress.
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Getting Support for Stress
Therapy for stress can help individuals address stress that occurs in response to a specific external event, rumination, or self-criticism. Moderate stress levels are not necessarily harmful and can sometimes be positive or motivating. However, intense, chronic, and long-lasting stress can negatively impact a person’s physical and mental well-being and requires professional support.
MBSR is mindful-based stress reduction, and is a program designed to help people cope with stress, chronic pain, and mental health issues like anxiety in a healthy manner. MBSR draws from Buddhist principles on mindfulness, and classes last about 8 weeks.
Stress inoculation training is a therapeutic intervention that aims to “inoculate” or protect people from future stressors. Like traditional CBT, stress inoculation focuses on shifting negative bodily and mental reactions to stressors, helping the person cope with and manage difficult emotions. Specifically, this approach has been used successfully to help individuals cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, medical treatments, performance anxiety, and ongoing medical conditions.
Situations That Can Cause Stress
School-related stress can be mitigated by adopting a balanced healthy lifestyle, adjusting your mindset, and establishing positive connections. Take some advice from a licensed therapist on how to deal with school stress here.
Minority stress is the result of a person experiencing stress based on their ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. Discrimination against a minority group comes in an assault, workplace bias, housing opportunity, and more. Learn the effects of minority stress, ways to cope, and when it’s time to get professional help here.
Between caregiving demands, working from home, little time for oneself, skyrocketing inflation rates, and the constantly changing COVID-19 landscape, stressed moms are at their breaking point. By focusing on advocating for change in what is outside of one’s control and making small changes to those items within one’s locus of control, moms can better learn to cope with the many stressors facing them today.
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Introvert burnout is a term for what an introvert experiences when they socialize too much without enough time to recharge.
Problem-focused coping skills target the root cause of stress, allowing you to reduce or eliminate an issue. Examples often include leaving a tense situation, practicing time management, and taking breaks for self-care. Problem-focused coping strategies can help some individuals feel less overwhelmed or anxious faster than other forms of stress management.