Feelin’ stressed? Maybe you should keep it to yourself.
According to a study the act of saying that you’re stressed often heightens your stress.
Psychotherapist Seth Swirsky told Wellandgood.com that when we use the word “stress” to describe how we feel, “Our hearts beat faster, our breathing becomes more rapid, our blood pressure goes up, we can’t think straight, and we’re filled with fear and anxiety.”
If you’re feeling anxious, you should be careful with your choice of words to avoid making things worse. Acknowledging how you feel is important though, so don’t keep things bottled up. Swirsky recommends “reframing” how you feel and trying to figure out why you feel the way you do instead of just summarizing it by saying your “stressed”.
I hope I didn’t stress you out with all this stress talk. I know I stressed myself out.
Take some deep breaths and have a great day.