Effective Ways To Deal With Stress Once Facing Pressure

Once we’re stressed out, our sense goes off balance. Our thoughts become hijacked, as it begins to race, as it begins to rapidly think random thoughts, usually negative ones. The heart begins to pound, the breathing becomes shallow, sweat forms on the brow, as the muscles tighten.

What many will do is relieve this stress is by overeating, drinking too much, or indulge in severely harmful bad habits.

Some will drive themselves so hard, their life begins to tilt, which leads to an unhealthy unbalanced life. This becomes reality for many, so it needs to be managed effectively.

The problem is some have no way of reducing this stress buildup, so they just accept it, keep going which only leads to poor health.

What it takes is a conscious awareness, once the stress levels elevate. There are proven ways on how you can change your reaction, which helps you regain control.

Why It Happens

It begins by understanding the chain reaction stress has. How the brain and body reacts and responds to these threats.

Once understanding the physiological mechanisms that’s involved, what you can do is work on changing these stressful situations to reduce it, while thinking differently to avoid it.

What’s known is our brain reacts to neuroplasticity, which means it can be altered by various stimuli, and what this repeated practice does, is creates new ways of thinking.

Where the stress response starts is in the amygdala region of the brain, which senses and responds to a threat.

It initially reacts by activating certain neurotransmitters and hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine.

Fight Or Flight Response

What it’s doing is preparing the body for the primitive “fight or flight” response. The brain perceives and calculates it’s facing a stressful situation, which initiates a “freeze” response.

This fight or flight response is sudden. What the body will do is instantly react to a barking dog running towards you, or road rage, before the danger is even realized.

This response can be a lifesaver, as it can help you survive an immediate danger.

It can also be a problem, when it comes to the more complex interpersonal chronic stresses that we face on a daily basis.

Once the amygdala overtakes the brain, some react by saying things they may regret later, such as becoming impulsive and swearing at someone.

Other responses can be indulging in bad vices, things they wouldn’t normally do. So one needs to become mindful once this happens.


Making Executive Decisions

To control yourself and get focused again, what you need is to use another area of the brain, which is the prefrontal cortex.

The prefrontal cortex is considered to be the executive management centre of the brain, it is considered the CEO.

What it does however, is receives information about the stress, much later than the amygdala does.

What it’s capable of doing is sending a message to the amygdala, telling it everything’s safe, which then turns off it’s “fight or flight” brain freeze.

It’s also capable of sending messages to the other areas of the brain, to direct an effective solution to the stress.

The key to handling stress, is to recruit the prefrontal cortex, to take control of the stress reaction, rather than allowing the amygdala to take charge first.

Slow Everything Down

Begin by conscientiously slowing yourself down and breathe, before responding to the stress, as doing so gives the prefrontal cortex enough time to analyze.

This can become helpful in a variety of stressful situations, such as someone suddenly criticizing you, once someone cuts you off in traffic, or waiting for medical results.

Remain Mindful

What being mindful means, is deliberately redirecting your mind from reacting automatically from worry and fear, to a more understanding acceptable observational standpoint.

Being mindful means. “Wait a minute, what’s happening here. I’m getting angry and I’m tempted to say something bad. Is that helpful right now?”

When mindfulness works best, is once you refine the skill by adopting a meditational state of mind, during periods when you’re not stressed.

What studies show is those who are more mindful, has better communication when it comes to the amygdala and prefrontal cortex, once a stressful situation arises.

Controlling Yourself

Whats known is our brains and bodies will get stressed out by unpredictable uncontrollable events, more than events which we can control or anticipate.

Think about the types of stress you can control, and the ones you cant, and then focus your energy on attempting to make changes on the things you can control, while accepting those you can’t.

Broaden Your Viewpoint

Once the amygdala triggers stress and all its negative emotions, what results is the narrowing down of your mental perspective, when monitoring or avoiding that threat.

As a result, what you don’t think about are the positive results, or think of ways to solve the problem.

What you need is to see the stressful situation as a growth or challenge opportunity.

What this can do is help you redirect your energy and brain chemicals towards managing the stressful situation, which will then focus your motivation and effectiveness.

Finding The Proper Mindset

Instead of focusing on avoiding the stress, focus on what you can potentially gain from the situation, along with the skills and strengths you have to master it.

If you make avoidance the goal, you’ll be less effective at solving the problem.

Think instead about finding positive mindful ways on addressing the stressful situation, or what you might learn from it.