One of the common things that happen to all of us is that the things we think about and the things we experience cause us to have feelings. Some feelings teach us to avoid or love certain people and situations. Some feelings teach us to try new things, work harder or do better. Some feelings are there to make us aware of situations that we might be too busy or too upset to figure out what is really going on. Often this happens in the case of stress or PTSD. By the time we are aware of what is going on, it’s too late. We are in full blown stress mode and it’s too late to reduce or eliminate some of the things that got us to this point.
Think back to a time when you were really stressed out. I bet now you could back up and see what led up to your blowout. You were tired. You were hungry. The kids or your partner was cranky. You got a ticket two days ago and the money you need to pay it was going to go for a new water heater. It all piles up. By the time you get to the explosion part, there’s not much going back and undoing. So what can we do before we get to that breaking point?
We can learn to recognize the feelings of stress and PTSD. Here is a mini-checklist that you can refer to when you start feeling that pressure sensation build:
Am I easily annoyed, angered or irritated?
Do I feel panic or anxiety building?
Does it feel like I am or the situation is getting out of control?
Do I feel like crying all the time?
Am I feeling miserable, alone, isolated and afraid?
Am I agitated or feeling hopeless/ doing nothing.
Do I feel bad about myself and that I can’t do what is required?
All of these are indicators of feelings that you might be experiencing stress or a PTSD episode coming on. There are simple things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms. We will cover ways to cope with stress and PTSD at the end of this series once we learn how to recognize the signs so stay tuned.
HH4Heroes Stress-Buster Tip #2
Distract yourself. You might be laughing but it works. When stress and anxiety mount, it can be helpful to acknowledge what you are feeling and then go take a walk, a shower, shoot some baskets or anything that takes your mind temporarily away from the agitated state. This does not mean you numb yourself with substances or take your mood out on someone else. It means you put yourself in time out and take a break that will engage your mind differently.
Look for my next blog in the series Recognizing the Thoughts of Stress.
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