A Personal Journey | Coping with Stress

A Personal Journey | Coping with Stress

Kick starting Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, Michael Palmer – NAViGO Community Services Manager, shares his personal journey learning to cope with stress. 

In order to cope with stress I needed to understand what is stress? Stress is represents your body’s response to mental or emotional pressure. Some stress may be good as it can make one perform better to overcome the situation or situations that are causing it. When we are not able to manage stress and let it get the better of us then it becomes a problem and now have to find ways of managing, otherwise it takes us down or puts us in a worse situation, say depression. So how do we manage it? How do we not let it affect us?

Coping with stress is a personal journey one that can take many twists and turns one thing that certainly helps is a positive attitude trying not to react in the moment, reflecting on what opportunities are available to reduce the feelings that are awakened when the trigger whatever that may be presents itself. We all have differing levels of coping ability so it is key to identify and apply coping strategies that historically have helped reduce the feelings associated with stress. Treating challenges as opportunities to learn and develop new skills can turn potentially stressful situations around, into positive events, further promoting your own coping ability moreover reducing the debilitating nature of that stressor. Whether it is a good or bad experience new learning can be directly applied to the same triggering situation in the future, this new knowledge can help improve your emotional resilience and your ability to cope with stressful situations. Stressed people often worry about making mistakes and getting things wrong.

Taking personal time helps to keep stress levels at bay. Recharging our batteries, spend time having fun and establish a good work/life balance. Personal time provides an opportunity to switch off from stressful situations rather than needing to remain constantly vigilant. It helps keep a balanced perspective on life. Taking personal time helps to keep stress levels at bay. Spend time having fun re discover some passion for things you used to do but no longer do. (Ask yourself why don’t I do that anymore?) Personal time provides an opportunity to switch off from stressful situations rather than needing to remain constantly vigilant. It helps keep a balanced perspective on life. Exercise, sleep, eat good food, smile and laugh!

You won’t find this in any manual for STRESS. This is my own personal account of what worked for me I hope you can connect with my own personal journey with stress.

Michael Palmer 

About the author

Michael Palmer, Community Services Manager & Senior Clinical Lead

Base | NAViGO Community Mental Health Services – Weelsby View

Speciality | Early Intervention & Adult Mental Health

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