Stress: How To Cope With It

There is no way to overstate the difficulty of things these past couple of years. According to the American Psychological Association, Stress has been causing severe mental and physical health issues for years, and we have all felt the burn.

How Do You Define Stress?

The American Psychological Association defines stress as “a physiological or psychological response to internal or external stressors.”

According to Nadia Jenefsky, Licensed Art Therapist, LCAT, “Stress is when your nervous system is active, which sometimes can be good.”

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AKOMA Project founder Alfiee Breland-Noble calls the difference between good and bad stress “Me-stress” and “Dis-stress.” There are two main types of stress: the usual “excited” pressure that happens when you learn you’re pregnant or the adrenaline rush that helps you go through sports activities or performances.

How Does Stress Affect One’s Body And Mind?

Jenefsky said, “In the body, it can feel like restlessness, fidgeting, heart-pounding, sweaty palms, and blurred vision.” It can also be excessive worries, catastrophic thinking, and when you feel there is something at stake. When your mind is going round in circles, and you cannot make it stop.

Where Do We Find Stress Right Now?

Stress has always been a problem due to work-life balance issues and finances, but the pandemic took us to new heights of trauma and stress.

Alfiee said, Stress about the health of themselves and their loved ones. Stress around the interruptions to their children’s school and their work lives.” There are also lots of worries about the state of the world.”

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How Do We Cope With Stress?

Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression persist long after external stressors have been removed and need to be treated. There are several things you can do to relieve stress, including:

  • Prioritizing self-care
  • Mindfulness
  • Breathing
  • Movement
  • Bodywork
  • Enjoying Nature
  • Creativity