Stress from Positive Change Requires Self-Care for PTSD Too
Understanding how stress from positive change adds to our stress load improves our self-care and helps us stay on the path to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recovery. While the word "stress" applies to life-altering situations like traumatic or stressful events as often as it pertains to a long to-do list, it is not typically associated with times when things are good. However, positive change and stress do exist together and it helps people with PTSD to recognize them when they occur.
Positive Change Creates Stress
Positive change creates stress--change of any kind can create stress. As demonstrated by this Online Stress Test, many situations typically viewed as positive changes directly increase the amount of stress a person is experiencing overall. A new job, a new car, or moving to a safer neighborhood are all significant changes for most people; and while generally considered beneficial, they bring challenges, unknowns, and adjustments that can create stressful feelings.
For individuals with PTSD, recognizing the impact of even the most positive of changes helps manage stress-related symptoms and challenges.
How to Recognize Stress Related to Positive Change
In this video, I discuss the importance of recognizing how positive events can add to our overall feelings of stress and how acknowledging them as stressors can help us to reduce the amount of worry they create. Once we understand where the pressure is coming from, we can make changes, ask for help, or choose to delay other significant changes until we've worked our way through some of the current ones.
Please feel free to comment on your experiences with stressors. Have positive changes ever created stressful situations for you? How did you handle them? I look forward to your responses.
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Hollowood, T. (2017, December 28). Stress from Positive Change Requires Self-Care for PTSD Too, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 18 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2017/12/positive-change-stress-and-ptsd
Author: Tia Hollowood
My family has been my biggest heartbreak and having been through so much alone for so long now,,I don’t see that’ ever changing. Which is a very sad outlook for me. But even with that I have seen small strides I’ve accomplished alone, so I’m trying to keep moving forward slowly instead of fearing the good things that may come. Thanks for this. It makes a lot of sense.
Thanks for sharing this. I understand how difficult it is to heal, to figure things out for yourself and to juggle family as well. It can be frightening and disappointing to approach family about our mental health.
I grew up in a family and community culture that treated mental illness as taboo. They were weaknesses, shortcomings. I won't pretend it was easy to get my family to understand. It took a long time and much more honesty than I felt comfortable with at first. It was tough to give my family members a picture complete enough that they could understand what had happened to me and what I was really going through.
It doesn't happen overnight, just as our healing takes time, so does our family's understanding. Don't give up. Remember our small successes are what combine to make the big ones. Tia