Stress comes in many forms, affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It is generally considered to be a state of emotional, behavioural or physical strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances, usually arising from an accumulation of different stressors. When enough of these stress factors are present it starts to affect us adversely, in some cases become completely debilitating, Therefore we can either reduce the load or improve how well we cope with it.
Stress management can go a long way towards achieving both of these objectives by finding strategies which remove or reduce certain pressurised elements of life that make undue demands, leaving you overly stressed and suffering mental and physical symptoms. Techniques to manage stress more effectively enhance coping abilities and reduce the detrimental effect on your mind and body. Identifying causes and applying these techniques help you to regain control and counteract the emotional and psychological impact through the use of relaxation, alternative breathing methods and visualisation.
Symptoms often felt when pressurised, frightened, anxious or unsure of our ability can be headaches, a dry mouth, chest pains, high blood pressure, tension in the muscles and joints, excessive sweating, sleep disturbances, hyperventilation, panic and a depressed immune system. Over time this can lead to chronic changes in the body that manifest as ill-health and can result in further potential health issues.
Stress management can teach you how to cope with stress more effectively, handle the areas of your life that you are presently finding stressful and how to relearn your response to stress so that the pressures, expectations and demands of work and everyday life can be dealt with in an alternative manner. Learning new, safer and more positive tactics in dealing with stress, enhancing your coping ability and encouraging a positive state of mind and health.
Too much stress over prolonged periods of time can become a serious problem and a course of treatment will help you manage future stress by learning to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress. Therefore equipping you to identify any subtle changes that might indicate something is distressing you and allowing you to take action sooner, minimising any long-term negative effects.
For more information on decreasing your stress levels and to learn stress management techniques please contact me for an initial consultation.