• Briana Theroux

Stress Manifests In Multiple Ways. What Do You Use To Numb It?



๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ? โฃ

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๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ โ€” who tends to swing from reckless to zen as fuck, depending on the total load of stress? Do you tend to fall into a pattern of judgment and shame cycles, instead of analyzing behaviors objectively? โฃ

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๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž? Exercise? Use substances like alcohol? Eating? Hurting yourself? โฃ

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Do you cast judgement on others who cope with different methods from you? Many do... This is more of a questions beckoning reflection rather than judgment. โฃ

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Judging others, or yourself for having subpar coping mechanisms in life, is far from a productive use of time. We all judge others; itโ€™s completely normal. But, itโ€™s not always warranted. โฃ

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๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ โ€” itโ€™s not our place to judge them for their choices, especially since they often stem from ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ set during childhood and adolescence. Familial dynamics and generational pain patterns, as hard as we attempt to fight them, like to show up when we are under extreme stress. โฃ

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Instead of casting judgement on yourself and others โ€”> shift to that of showing ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง. โฃ

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You can delude yourself all you want by thinking that using exercise to cope is better than drinking, or becoming a workaholic, or binge eating, but they are all fundamentally the same. โฃโฃ

They are all methods to reduce the internal pain you feel when something stresses or saddens you. Sure, some can lead to harsh consequences, while others are more benign, but make no mistake; ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž (๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž) ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐. It does nothing to heal or manage the stress at a fundamental level. โฃ

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I have previously wrote a blog on this topic and gave some tips on redirecting these behaviors. You can find it here.โฃ

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