Stressed Out! Stress, Mental Health, and Our Sense of Control

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Stressed Out! Stress, Mental Health, and Our Sense of Control

Stressed Out! Stress, Mental Health, and Our Sense of Control

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." — William James

Ah, stress. The dirty "s" word can disrupt our mental health and well-being (The Connection Between Stress and Mental Illness). How stressed we feel is related to how much control we feel in our lives. Knowing what stress does to us and identifying where we're feeling out of control gives us the power of choice necessary for decreasing stress and improving mental health.

Stress can get to people physically, emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally. Knowing that you don't feel well because you're stressed isn't quite helpful in beating stress. Get specific. Pinpoint how you're feeling stress in your life. Getting specific will allow you to choose purposeful actions to counter the negative effects of stress (Overwhelmed By Stress and Anxiety? How To Deal With It).

To reduce stress's impact and optimize mental health, focus, too, on your own sense of power and control in your life. What's bothering you the most right now? Determining this will allow you to choose your thoughts about what's happening as well as actions you can take to deal with it. When we humans gain a sense of control over ourselves and our lives by identifying choices we have, we can feel so empowered that our sense of stress decreases and mental health increases.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Stressed Out! Stress, Mental Health, and Our Sense of Control, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 27 from

Last Updated: December 30, 2022

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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