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What to Do When You Feel Stress: Advice From a Therapist for 2024

In this video essay, “What to Do When You Feel Stress: Advice From a Therapist for 2024,” I talk about changing your perception of stress as a management strategy. This has helped significantly in very challenging situations. I’ve used this mindset shift to pivot from suffering to victory while surviving in the wilderness. This simple pivot is helpful if you are wondering what to do when you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Often, it’s hard to know what to do when you feel depressed and stressed. I’ve been through a lot of stress, along with many other negative emotions. During my adventures, I studied ancient philosophy, psychological science, and wilderness survival. The culmination of all three schools of thought was a sturdy ground to face stress head-on. While I wrote and recorded this video essay (What to Do When You Feel Stress: Advice From a Therapist for 2024), my day was conventionally very stressful, yet through changing how I interact with stress, you will hear how the day was not ruined.

In this video essay, “What to Do When You Feel Stress: Advice From a Therapist for 2024,” I talk about changing your perception of stress as a management strategy. This has helped significantly in very challenging situations. I’ve used this mindset shift to pivot from suffering to victory while surviving in the wilderness. This simple pivot is helpful if you are wondering what to do when you feel stressed and overwhelmed.

Often, it’s hard to know what to do when you feel depressed and stressed. I’ve been through a lot of stress, along with many other negative emotions. During my adventures, I studied ancient philosophy, psychological science, and wilderness survival. The culmination of all three schools of thought was a sturdy ground to face stress head-on.

While I wrote and recorded this video essay (What to Do When You Feel Stress: Advice From a Therapist for 2024), my day was conventionally very stressful, yet through changing how I interact with stress, you will hear how the day was not ruined.

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<strong>What</strong> <strong>to</strong> <strong>Do</strong> <strong>When</strong> <strong>You</strong> <strong>Feel</strong> <strong>Stress</strong><br />

<strong>Advice</strong> <strong>From</strong> a <strong>Therapist</strong> <strong>for</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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stress <strong>to</strong>day.<br />

Most people I meet dislike stress. It feels uncom<strong>for</strong>table and, in effect, ages us quickly.<br />

However, stress itself is part of the human experience.<br />

Without it, we may not have the urgency <strong>to</strong> plow through challenging situations, escape danger,<br />

and destroy our workload.<br />

So, if stress is a natural part of being alive, how do you deal with it in the healthiest way<br />

possible?<br />

For me, stress has been a large part of my adventures. I have faced situations that have<br />

challenged and tested me over and over.<br />

I have learned that stress is not always a reason <strong>to</strong> ruin your day. <strong>Stress</strong> in itself is the gateway<br />

<strong>to</strong> more strength.<br />

Today was one of those days where almost everything went<br />

wrong.<br />

Even the case around my phone fell apart while I was holding it in my hand. Rain buckets down,<br />

battering the canvas roof on my cabin, as I try <strong>to</strong> get enough food in<strong>to</strong> the dry so I can finally<br />

eat.<br />

Some days, I have <strong>to</strong> wait until I can eat my fill, and stress naturally increases when you are<br />

hungry.<br />

Today, my water system failed. I could not get water from my regular source. My backup source<br />

was full of leaves and dirty.<br />

Then, the setting sun put pressure on my back. Things get dangerous once it goes down, with<br />

the ground saturated with slippery mud.<br />

On <strong>to</strong>p of that, the chainsaw jammed in the most unassuming small piece of timber as I cut<br />

wood. It was a log that you wouldn't have expected any trouble from.<br />

Couple that with driving in<strong>to</strong> civilization as someone who does not live by regular time. Getting<br />

caught in traffic jams, rush hours, and the coffee only lasts so long.<br />

An empty belly makes me aggressive.<br />

The stress was palpable. Today was one of those days where zero progress seems <strong>to</strong> happen.<br />

Yet <strong>to</strong>day was never ruined nor a reason <strong>for</strong> the "poor me" mental loop.<br />

Today was an exercise in resilience and strength—another boot camp <strong>to</strong> juggle multiple<br />

stressors while making swift decisions.


The urgency <strong>to</strong> survive <strong>for</strong>ces my decision-making <strong>to</strong> balance my resources and what I can get<br />

so that <strong>to</strong>morrow is not lost.<br />

<strong>Stress</strong> is an incredible energy when we choose not <strong>to</strong> suffer. Suffering is a choice everyone has.<br />

I could have easily thrown everything in the mud. <strong>Do</strong>ing so would have given me even more<br />

stress.<br />

It is all about how we perceive the situation. Our perception is the precursor <strong>to</strong> how we respond<br />

<strong>to</strong> reality.<br />

Reality, being unpredictable, often throws curve balls.<br />

If we perceive those challenges as a threat, the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in, we<br />

feel stress, and our mind spirals in<strong>to</strong> negative analysis.<br />

Usually, the sound of failure raises its annoying head. So, the shift in perception is a change in<br />

assumption.<br />

Instead of stress being a sign of failure, how I look at it now is a gateway <strong>to</strong> success. <strong>Stress</strong><br />

makes me feel alive.<br />

<strong>When</strong> I first crash-landed in the jungle, my mind spiraled in<strong>to</strong> failure and fear of death. My life<br />

was always on the line.<br />

It was hard and grueling, and things would go wrong. Regardless of what the day had in s<strong>to</strong>re<br />

<strong>for</strong> me, I had <strong>to</strong> deal with it anyway.<br />

Nobody was there <strong>to</strong> say, "It will be okay." I could not just switch the heating on and <strong>for</strong>get about<br />

it.<br />

I had <strong>to</strong> carry on. Without momentum, things got hard quickly. Back then, some days left me<br />

without enough water or wood and soaked <strong>to</strong> my skin.<br />

One thing I noticed changed the way I interact with stress<br />

<strong>for</strong>ever.<br />

Those days were painful. However, they always imparted a sense of contentment, strength, and<br />

achievement by the end.<br />

Today was nostalgic. Like back then, I experienced stress and challenge coupled with strength<br />

and contentment.<br />

The perceptual shift from problem-centric <strong>to</strong> solution-focused is one I gained from my travels.<br />

Within each challenge, there is a solution waiting <strong>to</strong> be activated. Everything is a learning curve.<br />

For example, <strong>to</strong>day gave me insight in<strong>to</strong> the work I must do <strong>for</strong> my water system <strong>to</strong> function.<br />

This knowledge is helpful <strong>to</strong> me and also <strong>to</strong> those I help. Gaining knowledge leaves me grateful.<br />

Simple things I have <strong>for</strong>gotten, like keeping my backup clean, pre-drying wood, and laying<br />

paving, all contribute <strong>to</strong> a more excellent vision.<br />

Without stress, none of the above could have the urgency needed <strong>for</strong> change.<br />

<strong>Stress</strong> can empower decision-making and problem-solving and upgrade your life if you allow it<br />

<strong>to</strong>.<br />

<strong>When</strong> there is only so much you can do in the light, your decisions must be fast.<br />

That goes double when a potential negative outcome puts extra pressure on your shoulders.<br />

Add survival in<strong>to</strong> the mix, and stress becomes an ally, which is why resilience is so important.<br />

Otherwise, what are you going <strong>to</strong> do?<br />

Are you just going <strong>to</strong> throw a tantrum, fall in the mud, kicking and screaming?


That is not how <strong>to</strong> survive. <strong>Stress</strong> is what makes us alive. I use stress <strong>to</strong> <strong>for</strong>ce myself <strong>to</strong> be alert,<br />

awake, and as present as possible.<br />

<strong>Stress</strong> is a signal, not a sign of failure or an ending.<br />

The only exception <strong>to</strong> this is if you face severe psychological challenges such as psychosis or<br />

schizophrenia.<br />

In some cases like the above, you may need specialized support.<br />

For most of us, allowing stress <strong>to</strong> be, without trying <strong>to</strong> change it, fuels us <strong>to</strong> create lasting<br />

solutions.<br />

So, with that, I need <strong>to</strong> s<strong>to</strong>p writing this broadcast. A new leak has started <strong>to</strong> cascade through<br />

the roof. I have <strong>to</strong> deal with it. A new solution is staring me in the face.<br />

Remember, stress doesn't destroy you; it's a part of being alive. Use it <strong>to</strong> fuel a life worth<br />

living.<br />

It is your time <strong>to</strong> thrive.<br />

<strong>You</strong> can be free; you can be untamed.<br />

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