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Have you ever had to carry a heavy bag on your shoulders? Well, if you’ve only had to carry the bag for a couple of minutes before setting it down, it may probably cause your shoulders to feel a little tense. Perhaps, you’ve had to run a couple of errands with that heavy bag for over an hour, your shoulders and back start to ache. Perhaps, you’ve had to carry the bag all day, the ache in your shoulders and back gradually intensify.
While the weight of the bag remains, which runs in parallel to our physiological reaction and hormonal release, the difference lies within our perception and experience of the stressor – much like the duration and ways we hold on to that heavy bag. Although small doses of stress can be a great motivator, high doses of stress can cause us to feel overwhelmed and, in some cases, trigger anxiety as well as a host of other mental and physical problems. Ultimately, stress helps us survive – by changing our perception of stress, there is potential to transform your life; this is evident based on research from Harvard*, where participants who were diagnosed with hypertension due to stress and were instructed to reappraise arousal by reframing stress as helpful rather than harmful, showed improvement in emotional outcomes as well as an increase in their cardiac efficiency.
Even though we can’t get rid of stress completely, here are five ways we can manage stress and handle that heavy bag more efficiently:
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A group of soldiers were instructed by their squad leader to exterminate vicious feral mutants, known as ‘roaches’. These ‘roaches’ allegedly pillaged a village located deep within a forest. If you are now wondering whether mutants do exist in this lifetime, well, the answer lies in an episode of a current popular TV series, Black Mirror. In this episode, titled “Men against Fire,” the soldiers show no qualms or hesitation in hunting and killing ‘roaches’ that were being sheltered by an eccentric pastor.
These ‘roaches’ are depicted to viewers as zombies, equipped with razor sharp teeth, distorted facial features and high-pitched screams. This clever portrayal of less-than-human beings also puts us at odds with anyone who would try to defend; the very sight of these mutants is sufficient to trigger fear. Fear is not always a bad thing, of course. Fear is a primitive emotion – an emotion that prompts our survival instincts and alerts us to danger, making this emotion a functional, necessary and adaptive one. Findings from one study, for example, demonstrated the inclination towards more pessimistic judgement and choices as well as augmented perception of risk in a given situation, when participants felt fearful compared to those who felt happy or angry . What this means is that fear encourages a useful sense of caution, encouraging us to avoid further risk or potential loss. In this manner, fear is regarded an ‘avoidance-type’ emotion.