Thank you so much for your interest in The Insight, by Sheba. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blogs about “Defense Mechanisms.”
Next week’s topic will be “Trust.”
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- Whether we know it or not, our minds respond to certain situations with what seems to be the best manner of defense to protect us from painful or confusing experiences. To move forward in life without allowing past experiences or fears to stunt our growth, it’s important to understand how we respond to trauma and stress and identify how we can defend ourselves in the best, healthiest manner.
- The ability to pinpoint the cause of your emotional trigger will help identify your resolution under any circumstances. The more you practice managing your mature defense mechanisms in unexpected even provoked situations, your protective reactions become beneficial to your well-being. Your intended outcome should always be to maintain your personal well-being and put your best self forth.
- It’s perfectly fine and normal to feel down sometimes. It’s what we do with and about those feelings that makes the difference. Redirect any negative thoughts and emotions toward something positive and productive by using some of the techniques listed above. It helps you provide comfort and find meaning through painful, stressful experiences.
- While we may learn certain behaviors through which we respond to stress, there are other moments when we experience stress and our bodies take action to prepare us to handle that stress. Pay attention to the signs your body gives you. It’s preparing you to take the necessary action for whatever situation you’re in. Use this information and apply it to your daily life. Take long, deep, slow breaths before choosing your course of action in an emotionally stressful situation.
The Insight: The best way to handle an uncomfortable, unexpected, and unwelcome situation is to prepare yourself to meet it head on. Understand what causes you stress. Identify your natural reactions to those stressors, and work to modify those behaviors if there is a better, healthier response. Most of all, know that it is okay to feel the emotion no matter how trivial the situation may seem to someone else. It’s how we respond to those feelings that makes us stronger and healthier.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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