Sharing a post from QUORA in which the question is: How can I reduce stress when I live in a very stressful environment? (I'm 20, student, living with my parents and siblings. I have crippling anxiety and I feel frozen most of the time. My life is being wasted like this)
Our reaction to stress is often a learned and repeated response, so we do have the ability to reprogram ourselves to handle our responses to people and environments in a more constructive manner.
The stress reaction is a choice, in part, that we make each moment of everyday. We can decide that we will not be angered, upset or triggered by the events happening around us. It requires a commitment to changing our pattern of behavior, so it will benefit us, rather than causing us harm.
Start with something small at first, some action on the part of someone else that always causes a negative reaction. Focus on letting go of that immediate response, determine to observe the situation and let the moment pass. With time we become more adept at this process and can begin to take control of how we interact with the world.
Another piece of the stress puzzle is our learned physical reactions to stimuli, which creates neural circuits in the brain that lead to unpleasant sensations in the body, such as pain and chronic pain. The work of Alan Gordon, Dr. Howard Schubiner among others describe methods for changing these neural circuits in the brain called Pain Reprocessing Therapy, or similar therapies. These methods, which can be implemented by the individual or with the help of a therapist is showing some very positive results in recent studies.
After trying every conventional therapy for crippling, chronic low-back pain, I discovered the problem was completely within my control. I experienced an amazing health transformation in a matter of weeks. Mind-Body medicine worked for me, and it can for can too!