The fast pace of life, responsibilities and duties often lead to appearance of stress. The main stressors in my life are exams, financial issues, unemployment, relationships with family and friends. It is not possible to predict the appearance of stress, however, it is highly important to be ready to encounter it. One of the main stress hormones is Cortisol. When stress appears the amount of cortisol increases, which causes the reduction of blood cells, inhibition of inflammation, moreover, it leads to the aptitude to disease and the possibility to get a heart attack. The prolonged stress can be one of the driving forces for the development of cancer.
What strategies do you use to cope with them? What strategies have you learned about in this unit that you intend to try?
The best strategies to cope with stress is relaxing in order to achieve mindfulness. In this regard, a person should have a possibility to study and to have time for the positive relaxations. It can be a walk with friends, open talk with fellows, taking part in social activities. One of the tactics is meditation. It takes only up to ten minutes of one’s time in order to sort the thoughts and conclude the best possible solutions in the stressful situation. The main goal in fighting the stress is to get rid of all the negative thoughts and put oneself on the track that would lead to the resolution of the complicated case. In this unit I have learned that in order to reduce the stress it is important to have more positive social interactions with people and love caring for others. It causes the appearance of another hormone – oxytocin, which helps to reduce stress, regenerate heart and makes blood cells relax.
Thinking about the theories of emotion you've learned about in this unit, how might you use that knowledge to deal with negative emotions that occur in stressful situations?
The common theory and James-Lange theory define the stimulus, its perception and the occurrence of emotion and bodily arousal or bodily arousal leading to emotion. Cannon-Bard theory suggests that bodily arousal and emotions are connected and appear at the same time, while Schacter-Singer two-factor theory suggests that the emotions appear of the bodily arousal and our perception. The main factor that influences our emotions is how we perceive and think of a stressor. Our perception and mood are two components that can influence the appearance of emotions. In this regard, in order to overcome negative thoughts, we should perceive the situation from the positive side. Such approach will help to overcome negative thoughts and concentrate on the given task with its possible solutions.