Let's say you have a lot on your plate, and you are juggling stress at work, stress at home, stress with your partner, and stress with your finances. So on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest stress and 10 being the highest stress, you rate yourself as a 7, given your stress load as mentioned above.
So you go through your days with a stress level of 7, which is a high stress level. So whenever you get even a small stress, such as misplacing your keys, this small stressor is enough to make you stressed out, and you have an exaggerated reaction to the small stressor.
So with a stress level of 7, any small stressor that you encounter will feel like a big stressor. The only way to stop being stressed out about everything is to decrease your overall stress level. Only when you stress level falls below 5 can you then begin to react appropriately to small problems, instead of treating them like big ones. But that is what happens when you are already at a high stress level...you are not able to handle any future stressors, no mattter how small.
You can decrease your overall stress levels by engaging in relaxation techniques, like diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, visualization, and yoga.
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