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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?

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Last Updated: 08/04/2020 at 2:58am
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Top Rated Answers
January 25th, 2015 6:18am
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!
April 16th, 2015 2:24am
Set yourself up for goals, make daily goals to follow and have a reminder that you can use the energy constructively.
June 21st, 2015 1:28am
Do a marathon, have sex, random act of kindeness, watch comedie,go on a roller-skate ride and eat icecream
September 18th, 2015 3:34am
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
October 29th, 2015 5:47am
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.
September 13th, 2016 1:24pm
Using it in exercise or motivation for learning, but one must conquer self before others. And you should be good
August 4th, 2020 2:58am
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!