Often I feel nervous energy and adrenaline when I think of my traumatic experience. How can I use that energy for constructive or positive activities instead of letting it burn me up?
Last Updated: 08/04/2020 at 2:58am
Andrea McDonald, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
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Burn it off doing something intense and physical. Run, ski, jog, swim, cycle, lift weights, rock climb...there are a hundred other things you can do too!
Set yourself up for goals, make daily goals to follow and have a reminder that you can use the energy constructively.
Do a marathon, have sex, random act of kindeness, watch comedie,go on a roller-skate ride and eat icecream
Not everyone is the same. You have to find what is best for you to do for your situation. Perhaps finding things that interest you can be a start. Good Luck
Often times, when I'm all worked up, I actually like to clean. There is always laundry to do, or dishes that need to be done, or some shelf that can stand to be reorganized. So I choose the best music to suit the mood I am in & I tackle my chosen project.
Using it in exercise or motivation for learning, but one must conquer self before others. And you should be good
Being nervous and being excited are very similar emotions—both strong feelings about a climactic event. I often try to channel my nervous energy into excitement. If you think of the positive outcomes and good points of the event in question, it’s a good starting point in my experience. It takes practice, and all experiences and events are different, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work right away. It might take a few tries to perfect your method because emotion management is REALLY HARD for everyone. That said, you know yourself better than anyone. If this still doesn’t work for you after a while, trust your judgement in whether a new technique is necessary. Hope this helped!
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