How You Can Stop Overreacting to Stress

A calmer response will help you cope better

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We all get stressed occasionally. However, our stress levels are manageable and even beneficial at times. But we could succumb to an overload, or an abnormal load, of strain now and then that knocks us for six.

You may overreact to everyday situations when stuck in stress mode. Once stress takes hold, you’re in a semi-permanent state of fight or flight, even when there’s nothing much to fear.

If you’re in a stress rut, engaged in constant stress, dealing with life’s little ups and downs is hard. Your imagination exaggerates problems and excitements, and you frequently entertain worst-case scenarios.

Because ongoing stress wears you out, it’s likely challenging to manage work, your social life, and your home life. Everyday responsibilities are a drain because you’ve little energy to cope and your vitality seeps away with each added worry.

Everyone goes through stressful moments in their lives; it’s normal and part of being human. However, if you regularly overreact to stress, you might need help dealing with your emotional responses to events.

Here’s how you can stop overreacting to stress and become more resilient in the face of challenges:

Take a breather

We all want a happy life. However, if you expect every event to run smoothly and life to be perfect, you’re bound to get stressed.

But you can tackle the problem and ease stress by changing your thoughts and feelings.

Recognize your emotions are normal, and there’s nothing wrong with making mistakes, meeting setbacks, and not appearing perfect.

When you are stressed, take a breath before reacting. Ask yourself what you ink and feel.

Will getting stressed at this precise moment help or hinder you?

Could you react a better way to get the results you prefer?

Is it wisest to take time out and relax rather than respond to what’s happening?

Learn to recognize stress as it approaches

Sometimes, your body will show signs of stress before you register strain on a mental level. Recognizing these signs helps as it signals you need to relax, stay calm, and be mindful about how you react.

Common warning signs of stress include feeling anxious, irritable, overwhelmed, sad, angry, and nervous. You might also have palpitations or headaches.

These signs of stress give you the chance to choose how to react. It sounds simple, yet, I know perhaps altering the urge to panic or get frustrated is hard. But stick with the idea, and it will get easier with time.

Let people help you

If you frequently experience stress and don’t know what to do about it, you’ll benefit from seeking professional help. In addition, a support system can help when you go through bouts of stress.

A professional like a therapist or counselor can help you identify what is stressing you and offer advice on addressing issues.

Also, let trusted pals help you. If you’re stressed, you need friends to provide guidance, kindness, and a listening ear when you need to vent and gain a different perspective about your worries.

Let go of needing to control little, meaningless events

Life is full of stressful moments that aren’t a big deal. However, you might overreact to them because they seem significant to you. Identifying what matters in life and separating it from what doesn’t will reduce stress.

When you recognize signs of stress, pause to take stock. Does the situation warrant your anxiety? or might it be a tiny glitch that passes if you leave it alone and don’t worry?

Instead of stressing over minor issues, refocus your thoughts on what’s important. Then, take a break from the pressure and return to the situation when you can better manage events with a clear head.

Uncover the anxiety beneath the presenting stress

When you meet stress, get to the bottom of what causes it by asking a few pertinent questions.

· What are you stressed about?

For instance, perhaps a driver pulled in front of your car on the road.

· Has the stressful event passed?

For instance, if a car pulled in front of you ten minutes ago, the event’s over, and you need to sit and breathe until calmness returns.

· Is the stressful event a trigger for old pain?

For example, when a pal lets you down, maybe their actions cause unresolved stress about abandonment to rise.

Rather than let stress overwhelm you, transform it and get to the bottom of your worries. Seeing stressors from a different angle can help you feel more positive so you can cope better.

Make life less stressful

If you frequently experience stress, consider how to reduce daily strain. For example, you may drop unnecessary responsibilities, delegate chores at home, and schedule much-needed ‘me time’ into your day.

Step-up self-care too. Treat yourself as you would a great friend and be kind. Cook yourself a favorite meal, watch humorous or uplifting movies you love, spend time in nature, and lap up the calmness of your environment.

Life’s full of both stressful and beautiful events. You can’t get away from them, and nor need you. However, you can relearn how to manage stress. Take care of yourself, get to the bottom of your concerns, and evaluate each stressful event to check whether you overreact and need to relax.

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✨ Bridget E Webber

✨ Bridget E Webber

✔Content writer,✍author, and 👩‍⚕️former counselor exploring how to live well. I write about 🎯self-mastery and occasionally pen stories and poems.