Twin sister, passionate in psychology, ex-Aviation major, & LGBTQAI+ supportive!
Does life really have to be that stressful?
Let's begin with our mind and body, shall we? Is all that is happening to us really happening? Or are we just molding it to be the more intense situation than it actually appears? Some individuals would say, "I am reacting exactly how I am supposed to act". And others will admit, "I may be overreacting but, aren't my feelings valid?". Now, my personal response to that is, "Yes, your feelings are valid; however, there is room for improvement when it comes to your perspective". What I mean by this is that it is not always necessary to make a mountain out of a molehill. This process starts with us being more self-aware of how our body and mind react to certain situations. For example, some people may realize that when they are surrounded by a crowd of people; also known as claustrophobia, they get extremely anxious. Sometimes they even feel paranoid that someone might harm that individual or others. So, if you are the type of person that knows this about yourself, then some activities such as going to a concert might not be the best idea. Adversely, I would suggest doing what is called exposure therapy to try and counteract these feelings.
Sometimes we really need to think about what we can do to help ourselves first before helping everyone else around us. However, it is still somewhat helpful to do so in some instances. Because, if you do have some control over your environment; and want to make it more calming for yourself and others, then that becomes a fantastic feeling. Reason being, we are trying to gain self control. And with that goal in mind comes a lot of time and practice to try to focus on our well being. Some things that might help in this department is meditation. Over time, the brain will start to rewire itself in believing that it is in a safe environment when in fact, it may not always be the case. For example, below is an imbedded video on relaxation. Take a look at it and afterwards you might want to rethink your strategy on coping. I encourage you to take a few notes and really ponder practicing this healthy coping skill more often.