Attacked By Pressure

Stressed man wearing black shirt and beanie cap experiencing pressure

Anxiety Due To Pressure

Pressure is the feeling of discomfort, worry and even fear. Many of us feel pressure on a daily basis: bills to pay, relationships to live up to, jobs to hold onto, material to study up on, expectations to maintain, etc. Pressure is a natural feeling that accompanies our everyday lives: it’s part of motivation and drive but can also be associated with anxiety and panic.

If not handled properly, pressure can quickly alter your state of mind for the worse. Uncontrolled pressure can easily chip away at your sanity by introducing daily stressors and discomforts into your life, eventually turning your once peaceful state of mind into an anxious cyclone. And when this tropical storm makes landfall, you better have a strong grip on your mind.

When confronted with anxiety, the last thing that you want to do is freak out. Freaking out is when you start overthinking about the source that brought you pressure in the first place. You don’t want to deal with your anxiety by confronting its source. It’s quite the opposite: you want to alleviate your anxiety by redirecting your mind onto pleasant thoughts or activities.

One example is exercise. Whenever you feel pressure, you can start to exercise; it does a great job at neutralizing anxiety. That’s why you can even start using exercise as a preventative measure: keeping away anxiety in the first place. Whenever you get into a solid exercise routine, you’ll start to feel less pressure or at least not react to it as intensely as you once did.

Meditation is another great tool for alleviating anxiety due to pressure. By being present in the moment and allowing all of your thoughts to swarm your mind uncontrollably, you remain non-judgmental and observant. By building upon this skill, you will become more resilient to pressure in real time.

Talking to someone who you can trust also helps a lot. The act of verbal communication by getting your thoughts out is very soothing and comforting; it actually alleviates pressure and prevents it from boiling up in the depths of your mind. Always have someone who you can call or meet up with to talk to about your life.

We’re all attacked by pressure; it’s not something uncommon that only occurs to a select few. Some of us are naturally more resilient to it, while others are more prone to experiencing a mental or emotional hit. The key is to never allow pressure to break you down. Breakdowns can lead to job loss, broken relationships and even psychiatric admissions.

Always remain one step ahead of pressure.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Afraid Of Losing

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Not Living Up To Your Expectations

There is a lot of pressure to succeed in this day and age. Just open up your MacBook and search among the many successful Twitter or Instagram pages, or a banging Youtube Vlog depicting beautiful sceneries from around the world. You then shut your MacBook off in anger, taking a look in the mirror and wondering to yourself, “what the hell am I doing?”

Sometimes our expectations are little too high and we become too hard on ourselves. There is nothing wrong with having dreams, but if these dreams are making you work in counterproductive ways, then you are doing yourself more of a disservice. It’s not always about how hard you work, but how efficient and smart you also are!

Sometimes you just need to take a step back and reanalyze your expectations. There is nothing wrong if you have to cut back on some or tweak them in order to make them more realistic. This is part of the process of being smart! When you repeat the same mistakes or strategies over and over and don’t see new results, then you are beating yourself into a dead end.

Then there are the people who are afraid to lose because the pressure is just too great; it builds up in them like a steaming pot on top of an oven. Rather than finding ways to redirect their pressure onto other activities, such as exercising, they freeze and allow it to continuously build up until they give up!

When you are feeling too much pressure from your expectations, you need to remind yourself that pressure is what keeps you going. But too much pressure can be counterproductive and even scare you away from your goals! So you find a way to feel less pressure, either by reminding yourself that everyone experiences it, or by tweaking your expectations.

But you cannot be afraid to lose! Once you allow fear to marinate in the back of your mind, then you will start to slowly crumble; your dreams and goals will fade farther away from your reach. Sometimes it’s better to not think so much about the process; just do what you have to do to achieve your goals!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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