Ways Of Coping With Stress
Among several ways of coping with stress, the best is to accept life."Accept the things you cannot change." Think of those words. You find them inscribed on wall plaques and coffee mugs.
Noble thought. But, how do you really "accept" life's brutality? How do you accept the awful things that happen in ordinary life? Very few know how to cope. There are few ways of coping with stress, when things go wrong in day to day life.
Imagine this situation. There is a rumor in the office of impending layoffs. You are vulnerable. You dare not even think of it. You don't know how you will meet home payments, grocery bills and the education of your children. Even as you try to bury those fears, you spend sleepless nights as more and more nightmare possibilities churn in your stomach.
- To understand the few simple exercises, which provide ways of coping with stress, you need to understand the nature of your mind.
- Stress is created by subconscious drives, which search for solutions to your problems.
- Todays problems cannot be solved through physical combat, or by running away. Unfortunately, your animal instincts respond to unsolvable problems with visceral reactions, more suitable for non-existent jungle situations.
- Increased adrenalin raises heart beats, hikes blood pressure and affects breathing. Acidity increases and even your excretory system adds to your stress.
- All this happens because your system believes it faces an unacceptable situation. You can swiftly change that viewpoint of the system.
- Be convinced that a calm response is your highest priority, since it is crucial for your health and well being.
- Spend a few minutes to quietly evaluate your response in case there is no solution to your problem.
- Finally, your stress will be hugely reduced, when you evaluate the physical symptoms of your feelings about the problem. Read how this can be done.
- Once the stress has been reduced, a persistent self awareness will bring durable stillness to your mind.
Ways Of Coping With Stress - Coping
Through Pattern Sensing
mind solves your problems by sensing patterns. It recognizes events in
the environment, interprets their impact on your goals and
Drives are generated, which search for solutions. These drives are
purposeful events. When you move a chess piece on the board, your
mind activates thousands of muscles, with persisting impulses which
control them millisecond by millisecond. Your hand does not go off on
its own. It moves the piece exactly to its target position.
everything you do.
of those deliberate events is a search through all your experiences
for solutions to the many difficulties you may face every day in
life. There is a problem in this process. You inherited a brain,
which has reptilian and mammalian components. Sadly, they interpret
your difficulties as requiring fight or flight visceral reactions -
the knots in your chest and the churning in your stomach. Those
drives cause you stress.
Of Coping With Stress -The Wrong Response
you are faced with a problem, your mind searches for solutions. With
its massive knowledge, it will find the solution if there is one. If
your road home is blocked, instantly it will find an alternative
route. You don't even have to think about it. But, a threat of
dismissal is not a problem you can solve in an instant. Lacking an
immediate solution, your primitive brains take over. Adrenalin
increases to prepare your body for a fight or flight response. Your
heart beats increase to improve blood supply. Blood pressure rises
and breathing changes. Acidity increases in the stomach. Your
excretory system prepares to clear toxin. Those primitive brains
prepare you for a fight,
or flight response,
in answer to a career problem.
Of Coping With Stress -Changing Levels
making you jumpy, or jittery, your mind envelops you in an
“unacceptable” view of reality. You are immersed in a
But that world view relates to a primitive animal viewpoint, which is
more appropriate, when you are chased by a tiger. You need to shift
your view point and see the problem more like a computer printout - a
statement of facts. Your mind has the capacity to see the problem
from that perspective also. That view is possible if you take
actions, which enable your RI
level of consciousness to
take over. “Staring back” at the problem will shift you into the
RI level, where you will view the event as just a “bird in the
sky.” This one of the ways of coping with stress.
Of Coping With Stress -Consider Your Priorities
have a new problem on your hands. Do you also want to add permanent
deterioration of your body and shorten your life? It is crucial to
know that the massive emotional churning is unnecessary. All you need
is to do is to get yourself into a different frame of mind. You views
will change from that of a bird flailing in a cage to a player
studying a problem in chess. You get immediate stress relief. The key
is to understand that your misery is just one of the views for your
mind. One of the best ways of coping with stress is to change that
pereption and see your problems from a calm perspective.
Of Coping With Stress - Stare Back At The Problem
RI in charge by asking yourself questions. What will happen if the
"dreadful event" really takes place? Can you not live with
it? How will you adjust to life if it happens? Can you start doing
something you always wanted to do? Can you start all over again and
do it differently? Can you make the best of your time before it
happens? Look at your life from your grave. Is this event all that
important in your life? What difference would it make if it did not
happen? A pattern recognition switch occurs, when you seriously ask
yourself some of these questions. RI takes over and your viewpoint
Of Coping With Stress -Attention Stills Emotion Signals
is not an involved piece of reasoning, which you applied on your mind
for managing stress. The questions achieve two things. First, your
mind switches controls to the unemotional attention of
RI. Viewpoints switch from an emotional "Oh, God! What will I
do?" intelligence to the "OK, We have a problem here"
RI view. Second, the questions still the emotional churning. Science
has confirmed that the effect of attention is to still unrelated
neural signals. So the churning stops, with immediate stress relief.
When you genuinely ask questions, your viewpoint will effectively
change. The moment RI takes over and looks at the problem, you will
have “accepted life!” Such questions provide the best ways of
coping with stress.
Of Coping With Stress -Mindfulness
RI has accepted the existence of the problem you will have a
rudimentary plan to deal with it. Then the agonizing churn and the
search processes stop. But, your fear will keep
help you to prevent fear, when the thoughts of failure return. They
will return again and again. Just identify the way you feel when you
think about the problem. If you can identify the physical symptom,
learn to recognize it in the 300-400 milliseconds in which the
symptom appears, before the anger, or fear overwhelms you. With
recogniton, the emotion will vanish. You will be left with a problem
to solve, like making the next move in chess.
These ways of coping with stress need practice. Learn to identify the stress signals. Study the subject. How do
others faced with the problem cope with it? Where can you find more
information? As you keep calmly adding data, your mind will find a
solution, or accept the consequences of the situation - peacefully.
This page was last updated on 02-Jan-2014.
JUST THINK... What happens when you begin to talk? Your nervous system has picked an emotion. It has articulated an idea around it, chosen apt words from a vocabulary of thousands of words, arranged them in lexical and grammatical order and adjusted the pitch of your voice. Before you speak you've no consciousness of the words you will use. Who's actually in charge? This question leads to the question "What is consciousness itself?" Is consciousness a spirit living in a human body? Is it a mystical life form that emerges from the nervous system? This is the hard problem of consciousness.