The Negative Mental Effects of Stress

  • An inability to concentrate

  • Excessive, uncontrollable worrying

  • Feelings of anxiety and panic

  • Forgetfulness

  • Sadness, depression

  • Nervousness

  • Fatigue, low energy

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Negativism

  • Fearfulness

  • Unrealistic expectations

  • Despair

Yes, some of these symptoms of stress can be directly connected to the body, but these symptoms are often a product of the mind and its interpretation of and obsession with or attachment to stressful events. How do you stress-proof your mind? With mental stress management, of course.

Stress management for the mind and the spirit is specifically targeted to help still, calm, and quiet the overactive mind, which is so common in people who are experiencing stress beyond their stress tolerance levels. These techniques help you to recognize the thought processes that are increasing your stress, the attitudes that can trigger a stress response, and the way you tend to cling to ideas as if they were life preservers. They can also fulfill the desire for higher meaning that, when thwarted by a life that isn't what we wanted it to be, can slowly erode our happiness and self-esteem.

Some of these techniques are related to physical stress management techniques (specifically, relaxation techniques) because, again, mind and body are inextricably connected. But if you are experiencing even a few of the mental negative effects of stress or feel that your spirit is sorely in need of reinforcements and want to go straight to the source, try these stress management techniques for mind and spirit.

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