The more a person goes on with life, the more stressful situations we learn to face. A sometimes, there comes a time when all of these situations gather up and form one big gloomy cloud that seems impossible to escape. That affected person tries hard to run away from the distress of that cloud, but sometimes the situation worsens up to the extent that it becomes difficult to carry on. These situations can be overwhelming, and soon they eat up the person alive.
But this doesn’t mean that all of this cannot be addressed and managed. In fact, there are many ways a person can reduce the amount of stress he is feeling and many times, the small steps the person takes can help more effectively than going to a therapist every week. Even if you go to the therapist every week, there would be times when you need immediate help or relief, and the therapist won’t be there to help.
At times like these, self coping techniques and skills are the best way to feel normal and escape from the difficult, overwhelming situation of stress and discomfort. Many techniques like the IMPROVE technique, the TLLP techniques and simple distractions can help to reduce the stress a person is feeling at a certain moment.
Sometimes distractions are the best way to make your body feel a little bit relaxed. These distractions can include calling a friend, focusing on another thing, watching something relaxing, or even listening to music. These ways can help the body feel at peace.
At the same time, there are certain ways how you can change the sensations of the body. Sometimes a severe temperature change, a body massage, or even exercise can change the way your body perceives things. It can alter the message in the brain, and instead of producing stress hormones, they produce serotonin or dopamine that can help you alleviate the stress. Through this, the body can change from Flight or Fight mode to normal condition, and you will feel relaxed.
Some things seldom go unnoticed. The way you perform certain tasks, your time management, your daily habits, and the diet that you follow all year long. These factors affect the mental health of your brain. If a person improves these factors and focuses on each thing one by one, it is almost impossible to get overwhelmed by the stress.
The affected person needs to know that there is a solution to everything, and if the answer cannot be found, he must learn to accept things as they are with the coping technique of radical acceptance. Once the person starts to accept the things he cannot change and work on the things than can, everything becomes a little better. Take breaks, go on long walks, meet nature, and enjoy life to the fullest. Surely the stressful situations might come and go, but it doesn’t mean that life is tough to live. It just needs the right company, and a little positivity and everything can be conquered with a little effort.