|Coping With Stress|
Your particular reaction to stress is determined, in part, by your sympathetic nervous system, which is part of your autonomic nervous system.
The function of the sympathetic nervous system is to mobilize you for a fight-flight response if you're in danger. When you're in a high degree of stress, whether it's about positive or negative events, you might experience various stress-related symptoms, including an increase in heart rate, dilated pupils, an increase in blood pressure, pale, cold skin, and so on.
Many people who have experienced a significant amount of stress over a period of time are in a constant state of anxiety, and even relatively minor incidents of new stress can trigger a high degree of emotional activation.
For these people, even minor stressors, like waiting on a grocery line, getting caught in traffic, or waiting for a train, can cause an emotional overreaction because they're already in a state of high activation from chronic and unrelenting stress. Just coping and getting through each day can be a challenge.
Over time, an inability to cope with stress can have a negative impact on a person's confidence and self esteem.
In order to cope more effectively with stress, it's important to find healthy ways to de-stress.
|Coping With Stress and the Mind-Body Connection: Calming the Mind, Calming the Body|
In the next few blog posts, I'll discuss specific, effective methods for calming the mind and the body. As a psychotherapist in NYC, I often recommend and teach these methods to my clients in my private practice.
I am a licensed psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, Somatic Experiencing therapist, and EMDR therapist in NYC.
To find out more about me, visit my website: Josephine Ferraro, LCSW - NYC Psychotherapist
To set up a consultation, call me at (212) 726-1006 or email me: email@example.com
Mind-Body Connection: Focused Meditation
Mind-Body Connection: Mindfulness Meditation
photo credit: Skley via photopin cc
photo credit: Daniel Petzold Photography - www.danielpetzold.de via photopin cc