Most of us experience stress and many times, that leads us into panic mode and anxiety. We cry and complain about how sick we are of it, yet do nothing about it. You’re annoyed, yet you wallow in it.
Well, not to worry, you’re not the only one! Based on a recent study, 98% of
Americans suffer from stress and 64% of us tend to be on the more than mild side.
The top three things that cause the most stress, at least for millennial’s (ages 18-33), are work, money, and relationships.
Depending on what temperament you are, your stress will come from different places and your ways of coping will vary. For example: the Melancholy will tend to stress over money, while a Sanguine will tend to stress over relationships.
Stress is similar to a muscle. You could exercise your muscles, but you wouldn’t dare exercise the same muscle for 36 hours straight. Why not? Because you will STRESS OUT THAT MUSCLE! And when that muscle is stressed, it is useless until you LET GO and just let it relax. Relaxing it allows it to heal and even grow stronger.
Though I recommend that you learn what your temperament is to find the best ways to cope with stress and anxiety, the following should reduce some stress in your life.
Sure, I see you scoff at this, but have you tried it? You say, “That’s too easy!” Of course it’s easy, but it’s also easy NOT to do and I bet you haven’t let it go. Letting go of a situation releases the tension that you’re experiencing and gives your nerves a chance to relax. Take a walk, a nap, or call a friend. Don’t worry about your problem; it’ll be waiting for you when you get back. When you return to the stressful situation, the refreshed “YOU” will be better prepared to deal with issues.
I know it sounds funny and maybe you can’t afford a vacation right now. Well, you take a mini vacation instead! Take a ride to the country side or go to beach and read a book. Don’t like to read? Watch and enjoy the waves. Go outdoors and enjoy nature. Don’t like the outdoors? Go to a museum, watch a movie, or get a massage at the mall. Any of these things take you out of your element and anything that takes you out of your element at times of extreme stress is generally good.
Again, it sounds so simple, but it is effective. Those things you were so passionate about, but have been putting off, do it! Start writing, playing sports, collecting, knitting, or take a class. The possibilities are endless!
Now if you haven’t caught on yet, we have just been building on our 1st point, which is to let go. We live in a society that is constantly go, go, go, which makes us neglect our own needs. This neglect keeps building until it becomes a stress.
Remember that these will help with mild issues and are not suitable for one who is extremely stressed out. If you are dealing with more than mild stress, anxiety, or depression, contact us immediately.
Many experience anxiety, anxiety attacks, or what they call panic attacks. They can come in slightly different forms and for many different reasons depending on your temperament.
Anxiety is the feeling you get when a concern in your life begins to grow in an unhealthy manner. You will begin to worry, become nervous, feel troubled, or have an excessive or sometimes unreasonable uneasiness which leads you to an inexplicable fear towards someone, something, or simply an idea.
You will usually experience anxiety with things that involve the future like when you’re anticipating the worst, usually a coming disaster or an unfortunate event, or when you don’t know how things will turn out. These fears eventually begin to interfere or harm your personal life with friends and family.
Many will treat your anxiety attacks with pills, but we believe, for most cases, this will hinder you as the pills suppress the feeling so it keeps you from dealing with the real issue. The anxiety symptoms are in you for a reason. Your body is telling you something and the anxiety medication numbs those feelings, therefore a quick fix to what could be a catastrophic problem. The stress on your body would be like carrying an elephant on your back all day. Imagine what kind of damage that would do to your body. Taking pills to numb the pain will help cause further damage.
If you are experiencing constant panic or anxiety, Contact us immediately. We have two locations to serve your Counseling needs in Brea, CA, and Hacienda Heights, CA. There’s no reason you should feel tortured with worry.