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Banishing the Beast: Stress Management and You -- An intimate Look from a Psychologist's Perspective

Banishing the Beast: Stress Management and You -- An intimate Look from a Psychologist's Perspective


Managing the Beast | Stress Management advice by Elevate Mental Health in Ventura County California
Managing the Beast | Stress Management advice by Elevate Mental Health in Ventura County California

In today's fast-paced world, stress has become as ubiquitous as the smartphone. Stress feels like a beast lurking in the shadows of our minds, causing physical exhaustion, mood swings, and even significant health complications. But let's not concede defeat! As a psychologist observing and tackling the myriad manifestations of stress in our constant interaction with clients, let us share some vital techniques to tame this beast.



1. Acknowledge and Accept Your Stress


The first step in any recovery process is recognizing there's an issue, and it's no different for stress. Frequently, we are in denial ruinating about the old axiom, "What you don't know can't hurt you." But in the case of stress, it's precisely the opposite. The existence of stress remains, whether we wish to see it or not, impacting our physical, psychological and emotional well-being. Therefore, accept your stress and learn to identify your triggers.


2. Counteract Cognitive Distortions


Thinking errors or cognitive distortions fuel and escalate our stress levels. By identifying and consciously correcting these distortions, such as black and white thinking, overgeneralization, and catastrophizing, we can drastically reduce the stress we feel. You may find yourself thinking, "This always happens to me!" or "If one thing is wrong, then everything must be wrong!" Don't believe everything you think! Work on changing your mindset. That's the powerful work that is done in therapy, personalizing the process with no shame and empowering support by a professional licensed clinician.



3. Mindfulness and Meditation


Mindfulness is a powerful psychological tool that asks us to center our attention to the present moment nonjudgmentally. It helps us observe our feelings of stress without being swept up in them. Coupled with meditation techniques, mindfulness can sooth the mind, reduce stress, and enhance emotional intelligence. It is not about eliminating stress but learning to control its impact.


4. The Power of Movement


Ever experienced an unbeatable surge of positivity after a good workout? That's the power of physical activity at play. Regular exercise boosts our mood, eases anxiety, and enhances our overall outlook towards life. Even a simple walk can provide considerable stress relief.


5. Seek Support


You're not alone, and you don't have to handle everything independently. Seeking support may mean reaching out to family or friends, joining a support group, or seeking the assistance of a psychologist. Discussing your worries with others can reduce the intensity of stress you feel and provide different perspectives on how to manage it.


Stress, in and of itself, is not intrinsically negative. It's our body's way of telling us something in our life needs attention. We just need the right tools and strategy to decode its message and act effectively. Remember, stress management is a marathon, not a sprint. So here's to the journey towards managing stress, which will lead us to happier, healthier lives!


If you enjoyed these tips on stress management from a psychologist's perspective, consider contacting us to let us know which one you enjoyed. As always, we love hearing from you.



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