Discover How To Reduce The Psychological Effects Of Stress
Psychological effects of stress apply mostly to your long-term stress. You know, it’s the painful kind. It goes on and on... and on. One well-known cause is shift work after one year. Caring for aging parents is becoming a biggie. And there are other ways how stress affects health.
Chances are, psychological effects of stress impact someone you live or work with. You wish you could give him a smile pill... or take one yourself. You begin noticing your friend’s playfulness, spontaneity and openness are gone and you miss that.
So we’re talking about long-term stress. Strangely, what stresses one person doesn’t stress another. Like unemployment, for example. One person says, "Halleluiah! I’m free for three months!!" Another person feels highly stressed and demoralized.
Psychological Effects Of Stress...
...give us all a chance to practice understanding, avoid judgment and withhold criticism.
The effects of stress on people’s psyche are likely one reason Abraham Maslow developed the Hierarchy of Needs.
Other than his omission of spiritual needs, it's inclusive: 1 is low - you’re struggling, 5 is high - you’re happy.
Where were you without stress? Where are you under stress?
As you can see:
1. Your Physiological needs: breathing, food, water, sleep, sex
2. Your Safety needs: security of the body, income, resources, health, family, property
3. Your Love/Belonging needs: friendship, family, sexual intimacy
4. Your Esteem needs: self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect by/for others
5. Your Self-Actualization needs: morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts
The reality is that when you live with ongoing illness, an alcoholic or unemployment, your sense of self can diminish. You can lose your sense of life balance and contentment. You may feel sick with anger, resentment or sadness. You may have been highly self-actualized and now your safety and possibly even your basic needs are being challenged.
That’s where balancing stress through meditation and creative visualization allows stress to decrease by dissolving it, in five minutes daily.
Remember this... psychological effects of stress trigger your emotions. When these basic, lower-level needs are challenged, it’s normal to feel fear, frustration and all the negative emotions. And yes, this hurts because life is meant to be fun... you want to attract great friends...
There are many resources on this website to help you calm your mind through meditation and stress relief.
How To Decrease The Psychological Effects Of Stress
There are small things you can do to increase your presence in the moment, or how Eckhart Tolle (the author of "A New Earth" - Oprah’s Book Club) would put it, keep you in the "now":
- Put on upbeat music, even when you can’t be bothered
- Move your body: dance, garden, yoga
- Talk to yourself reassuringly - be your own best friend
- Write your feelings in a notebook for 5 minutes - a great time is upon waking
- Meditate for 3-5 minutes, anytime; use some fun ways to relieve stress
- Read about something you want to do or know
- Avoid TV images of violence, watch something funny or inspirational instead - try a relaxation video on this website
- Avoid people who criticize you, others or anything
- Avoid talking to people who worry about you - they lack faith in you
- Spend time with people who believe in you and tell you so - let them model happiness
Do one or more of these each day to significantly decrease the psychological effects of stress and enhance your feelings of well-being!
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