Last night I was at the first of the series of six of the stress control seminar things I have to attend as part of my psychotherapy treatment. They each last 90 minutes with a ten minute break and how those 90 minutes drag, I'm sure I'll get something out of it but sitting in a room full of stressed out women and being sober is unnerving to say the least, lol. There was literally only my brother, two older guys and me and the rest of the 12 or 14 people there were women I guess not a lot of guys want to admit to being stressed.
Night one is all about stress and what stress actually is apparently it's a mix of anxiety and depression and it can come with sleep problems, panic feelings and anger, sounds about right.
Here's some test questions:
Do you find it hard to relax?
Do you find it hard to stop worrying?
Do you worry about worrying?
Do you brood about the past?
Do you find it harder to get through the day?
Do you find it hard to be cheerful most days?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you are suffering from stress, the more yeses the more stress you are under. I could answer yes to them all so I'm way stressed going by this seminar.
Here is what I basically learned:
Stress is not a mental illness.
You won't become mentally ill because of stress even if the stress is severe.
You can't die from stress- no one ever has.
Once stress gets a grip of you, it feeds itself.
You can't cure stress only manage it better.
-Once stress gets a grip:
- Self-confidence drops
- Self-esteem drops
- You feel threat from all sides
- You doubt your ability to cope
- You can't stop your mind racing
- You start to avoid facing up to stress
- Your body reacts easily to stress
- You may feel your back is up against the wall
- You may feel that stress brings out the worst in you
- You feel you can't control you life
The Housebound Writer