What is Stress Regulation?
Everyone suffers from stress at some point in their lives, whether due to busyness, demands from work or home, health problems or traumatic circumstances. While having a stressful afternoon or a tough couple of days is nothing to worry about, long-term stress can pose more of a problem.
Stress is part of the body’s fight, flight or freeze response, which is activated in response to perceived danger. The FFF response gets the body ready for action by increasing blood pressure, sharpening your focus and motivating you to respond to the source of danger. In the short term, stress is, therefore, a useful and essential aspect of the body’s function. However, long-term stress is known to cause a wide range of physical and mental health problems.
Stress regulation means learning to control the levels of stress you are feeling and bring them back down to healthy levels. There are various methods available for lowering underlying stress levels, such as breathing meditation, HRV training and mindfulness.
Learning to regulate stress is also about how you respond when stressful things happen. You can’t always stop bad things from happening, but you can choose to respond to them in a positive and healthy way. With regular practice, you can build healthy routines so that you can cope well with whatever stresses life throws at you.