Stress Management: Get on Top of Being Overwhelmed
With the seemingly endless supply of tragic news and events, do you need a stress management makeover? Constantly consuming negative information via the news and social media can lead to a variety of emotions: stress, anxiety, anger, shock, numbness, a loss of control, and many more. In this digital age, it is important to learn how to manage these feelings in order to prevent becoming stressed out, overwhelmed and disillusioned.
So how do you manage your stress, break out of the rut and get on top of being overwhelmed?
Share Your Feelings
Talk with your support system about what stresses you are experiencing. Communicate and be honest with yourself and others. When experiencing a stressful or traumatic event, even if it is secondhand through the news, it is important to not discredit your feelings. Trauma brings about a variety of emotions and it’s important to lean on your support structure in order to feel less alone.
Stress Management Pro Tip
In fact, according to a 2013 study from the USC Marshall School of Business, “sharing a threatening situation with a person who is in a similar emotional state, in terms of her overall emotional profile, buffers individuals from experiencing the heightened levels of stress that typically accompany threat.” In other words talking about what stresses you out, is a great stress management technique.
Take a Break
Limit your time watching the news or checking social media. Shut off notifications on your phone. Restrict yourself to checking once a day if you find you’ve been watching for hours and repeatedly checking for updates. Prolonged exposure to the news can increase stress. A recent study in Montreal noted that for men, “prolonged exposure to work-related stress has been linked to an increased likelihood of lung, colon, rectal, and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.” This is serious stuffy, so disconnect for a time and do something you enjoy.
Less Stress Equals More Balance
Utilizing these tips can help deal with feelings of being overwhelmed and trying to maintain a healthy balance in our sometime out of balance world.
By: Dr. Pamela Wright, Founder and Clinical Director, The Life Change Group