By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness 4 Heros
One of the things that happens to us when we are under stress or suffering from stress, especially with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is that we often are not even aware we are suffering. Learning to recognize our own individual signs is really important to your overall well-being. See, everyone is just a little bit different and everyone responds to increasing stress in his or her own way. That’s why stress does not affect all people the same or in the same amounts.
What is incredibly stressful to one person, might be a breeze to another. I’m not going to get into the why right now; I’m just going to ask you to go with me on this. The important thing is to figure out how you react and then identify ways to manage it. Take a moment to think about times you were really stressed in the past.
Ask yourself what did it feel like to be stressed? What triggered it? What did you think about? What things do you do to relieve stress? How did your stress affect others? How did their reactions affect you? And most importantly, what kind of sensations did you experience physically that indicated you were under profound stress? Don’t worry if these are hard to answer, in the following blog series I am going to go over each one of these and help you identify your own reactions. Most people find that identifying what happens to them under stress so they can recognize it before it gets out of hand to be helpful not only in life but in the treatment of PTSD.
HH4Heroes Stress-Buster Tip #1
Breathe. Yes, that’s right. When stress and anxiety are getting the best of us, we often stop taking deep breathes and hold onto our stress in our bodies especially the chest, shoulder and back. When the feelings and reactions arise take a minute, stop what you are doing and breathe slowly, inhaling 1-2-3 and then exhaling 1-2-3. Repeat this step several times while paying attention to the sound of your breathing, the sensations you feel through your body as you take in air and expel it. By focusing on the breath, the intensity of the stress/anxiety response will slowly diminish.
Look for my next blog in the series Recognizing the Feelings of Stress.
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