Do you ever have times where life manifests multiple stressors from all angles?
Consequently, presenting multiple stressors at any given time. This articles shares 10 tips on how to handle multiple stressors. Specifically, when dealing with more than the usual amounts of stress. Likwaise, how multiple stressors interfere your every day life choices. Due to this, finding yourself in high stress circumstances can lead to extreme levels of anxiety.
Sure, people can’t always control what happens to them. Or, how others treat them. But, we can definitely choose how to react and make decisions. For instance, whether or not they’ll allow someone’s abuse or toxic behavior. In turn, triggering unruly PTSD symptoms.
Not to mention, unmanaged anxiety that continues to escalate will develope into (CPTSD) or PTSD episodes. Today we’ll cover handling multiple stressors. Coping skills, tools, and strategies.
Triggers Caused by Multiple Stressors
Because, multiple stressors trigger problematic CPTSD and PTSD symptoms. Specifically, new, extremely stressful events could reveal a new trigger. Generally, life is already challenging for those facing CPTSD or PTSD. Then again, there’re times when stress is easier to manage.
On another note, there’s times when multiple stressors dump into your lap all at once. So, how do you handle stress that is compounded from multiple stressors and issues?
Learn how to Manage Multiple Stressors
First, let’s talk about a few examples of stressors. Imagine having a really close relative dying from cancer. Obviously, this is very depressing and tragic. Next, realizing your child needs to repeat the last grade in school. Imagine how difficult it will be to break the news to them. Fir an example, struggling with how to tell them and encourage your child. In the same light, getting your partner involved is learning how to best be there for you in a loving and gentle way.
Specifically, worring about how repeating 1st grade could affect them emotionally. Specifically, you wonder if the #PTSD and instability in your home is to blame for the set back. For peace of mind, always trust your Therapists, then, talk with them and come up w a plan.
Then, what about family members who ridicule your behavior caused by PTSD issues. They don’t fully understand what you face daily, yet they judge you and never fail to share their opinions. Theories on “getting over it”, if you really wanted to. Or never validate your capabilities , feelings, or mental health. PTSD is widely misunderstood. As well as difficult explaining it to someone never personally experienced it.
Stress Compounds On
Commonly, financially stress is the worst. Because, it’s very hard to find and keep a job due to how unpredictable PTSD is. Many are guilt stricken because their spouse supports the family. They work hard as the sole income provider. Not to mention applying for social security disability benefits. Only to wait anxiously every day for a decision realizing your financial future is in the hands of a complete stranger.
At the same time, you might blame issues at home on your PTSD symptoms. Gradually, a sense of distance and isolation has developed between your spouse and children. The fact, your extended family has also withdrawn from you. Adding even more stress. Stacks of bills sit on your kitchen table. Next, you wonder how dinner will be prepared in time to get the children off to bed. But, only if symptoms stay at bay, or else their crucial sleep-time routine is thrown off balance. Essentially, the list goes on.
How To Handle Multiple Stressors
But wait, we’re stopping right here, and shifting our focus onto solutions. That being said, let’s talk about how you CAN stay in a healthy frame of mind. No one always has control over what happens to them, but again, we can surely decide how to react. Ultimately, these daily tips and reminders will help manage all of life’s stressors. For starters, people all over the world turn to their favorite music playlists for comfort. Combine this and try a few tips listed next. And finally, feel the stress melt away.
- See all that’s really good in your life and focused on these. Every night, write something positive that happened in the last 24 hours. Then write down three things that bring happiness to your life and how.
- Show gratitude towards another person. Studies show that doing something nice for someone else makes you happy. When you are completing.
- Step one, write down one positive thing that you did for someone else.
- Trust that you have the skills to get through difficult times. Trust in your instincts and in the tools that you have learned throughout your journey. Therapy has taught you several tools that will help you stay centered, no matter what life throws at you.
- Activities that makes you happy. Depending on the weather you can get outside and surround yourself with nature’s goodness. Do you enjoy fishing? When’s the last time you went on a walk through a natural park? If you enjoy painting or crafting be sure to make time to enjoy these hobbies. Read a new book or listen to a new audio book. Start with one or two chapters. Amazon has a great special running where you can download two audio books for free and is exactly how to handle multiple stressors.
More Stress Moderators
Get intuitive of detecting when you should use grounding tools. These strategies will help in finding peace of mind and recenter. First, consciously take an account for your surroundings. Are you sitting down or standing? What does your body feel like in this position? Hows fast or slow is your breathing? What does the air feel like traveling in and out of your nose and mouth? Try eating something rich in flavor. What’s the texture like? What does it taste like? Do you notice any changes in your food while you take each bite?
Dos And dont’s coping With Multiple Sressors
6. Don’t be afraid of your anxiety. Remind yourself that anxiety cannot hurt you and is temporary.
7. Acknowledge what is causing you anxiety. Processing through it will help it subside faster. Try asking yourself, “what is causing me to be so anxious now”. “I’m anxious because my mother treated me really bad saying hurtful things when she knows that what she says is a trigger for me. Of course that would cause me anxiety but it’s okay… I’m okay. My anxiety will go away and I will be able to enjoy my evening”.
8. Connect with someone or with yourself. Reach out to a good friend or family member. Ask them about what’s going on in their life or day. Refocusing your thoughts on someone else will distract you from the multiple stressors that you’re facing.
9. Or, connect with yourself and journal about your feelings revolving around each cause of stress. Write out why you are anxious, triggers, and what to do next time multiple stressors hit you at once.
10. Stop judging yourself. We’re our absolute worst critics. Trust yourself and recognize all the good traits of yours. You bring so much good into the lives of others and deserve to focus on this.
A New Perspective on CPTSD & PTSD
In closing, my favorite way to handle multiple stressors, is viewing PTSD in a positive light. I know… you’re thinking, ya right, how the heck is having this disease a positive thing? Well, I’ll tell you.
In any scenario, you want someone with CPTSD or PTSD next to you. You see, survival isn’t the most important thing, it’s the only thing.
Most of us spend, days like this: Typically, srategizing how to do things in the fastest, most efficient ways to avoid panic attacks in public. Due to one’s PTSD “fight or flight” mode, on a daily basis, accelerates uncompromisung adrenaline.
Notably so, adrenaline has a significant role regarding our health. As an example, adrenaline gives us the ability to focus, buildp quicker reflexes, stronger senses, and a heightened awareness of our surroundings.
In detail, as a natural survivalist, those with PTSD pick up on, or suspect danger long before anyone else. And, paranoia, when utilized correctly, is a powerful and logical mode of protection. To put it bluntly, if all PTSD symptoms were harnessed into fine-tuned skills, no one would want to get on the survivor’s bad side. In closing, hear me when I say that PTSD has created the most sophisticated survival machine on the planet! Before you go, check out these valuable articles that you will appreciate.
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What challengs are you facing often? What do you worry about most right now? Leave your answers in a comment below. I read each one & am eager to help you find answers, new perspectives, and give advice based on my own experiences with (C)PTSD.