There are a host of issues that most Americans are stressed out about – addiction, mental illness, the political climate, climate change, terrorism, work demands, financial concerns, health issues, you name it – all of which can easily make anyone’s blood pressure rise. If you’ve been utterly stressed lately due to life’s demands, it’s important that you build your stress resiliency. Stress resiliency is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as “…the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress…it means ‘bouncing back’ from difficult experiences.” There are several ways that you can build your stress resiliency:
- Reframe the way you think about stress. Rather than thinking of your stress as an insurmountable problem, consider the ways in which the future could be better. What can you do to influence this stressful situation that would make things better in the long-run? If you can view stressful events as an inevitable part of life that you can learn from, you will be able to bounce back much quicker.
- Recognize what you can control – and what you can’t. Many people find events stressful because a person or situation isn’t going the way they want it to; this problem arises from expectations of control. Once you let go of that control and recognize that you can only control your own ways of thinking and behaving, that stressful event becomes more manageable to deal with.
Understand how your past influences your stress levels. Many times, the communication habits and patterns of behavior we develop stem from our childhood – how our parents or guardians behaved in light of stressful events. Recognizing how our past influences our present can give us insight into why we may be reacting harshly to stressful events.
Identify ways that you can learn from your stressful experiences. Take on the perspective that each challenge is a way to grow and learn. If it helps, write down the potential lessons that you could learn from whatever stressful event you’re going through.
Take decisive actions in response to stress. A common response to stressful events is waiting for something to change or go away – however, research has shown that waiting for something that may or may not happen could lead to rumination and anxiety. Change what you can by acting to help yourself in this time of stress.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.