Stress Management Online Counselling

The purpose of Stress Management Counselling and Psychotherapy is not to eliminate stress from your life. This is impossible. Stress is a natural response to change, and change is inevitable. Having a certain amount of stress in your life is normal. However, cumulative stress that results from excessive exposure to hassles, responsibilities, daily pressures, concerns, worries, and anger threatens our health and happiness.

You may have never been taught how to take care of yourself in a positive and caring way. The skills of relaxation and focused concentration aren’t often taught in higher education curriculums, but they are vital to learning and being healthy and happy now and in your future.

The first step in dealing with stress is becoming aware of what stresses you and how your body reacts to it. Many of us have become experts at desensitizing ourselves or ignoring our bodies’ signals. The question you have to ask yourself is this: Am I ready to take responsibility for paying attention to my stressors and how stress manifests in my life? Taking this first step will enhance your quality of life right now.

 

What Causes Stress ?

Stress can be caused by any type of physical or emotional stimulus or situation. Often, people speak of different types of stress such as work stress, relationship stress, or parenting stress. Some kinds of stress may be related to specific stages of life such as aging, pregnancy, the teen years, or the menopausal transition. Children can also be affected by stress.

Despite its source, any type of stress can become unmanageable or overwhelming. The following are risk factors for uncontrollable stress:

  • Social and financial problems
  • Physical or mental illness
  • Lack of social support networks
  • Family history of stress or family discord

SYMPTOMS OF STRESS :

PHYSICAL  SYMPTOMS

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle tension
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cravings
  • Indigestion, or gas, acid reflux, Stomach aches
  • Not wanting to be active
  • Being accident prone
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling exhausted
  • Sleeping a lot
  • Having difficulty falling asleep or sustaining restful sleep
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Cold hands
  • Chest pain
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Jitters
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Extreme PMS
  • Lethargy
  • Disturbing dreams or nightmares
  • New aches or pains
  • Inability to shake off a cold
  • Excessive eating
  • Stress eating
  • Jaw pain or grinding of teeth

EMOTIONAL  SYMPTOMS

  • Rumination about or rehashing
  • stressful memories
  • Feeling defensive
  • Crankiness
  • Having difficulty remembering things
  • Freezing or not being able to retrieve information
  • Not being able to laugh or see the humor in situations
  • Crying spells
  • Change in voice tone
  • Quick temper
  • Racing thoughts
  • Constant negative self-talk
  • Depression
  • Bad mood
  • Feeling numb

INTELLECTUAL  SYMPTOMS

  • Test anxiety
  • Public speaking anxiety
  • Having difficulty focusing
  • Inability to prioritize
  • Procrastination
  • Making excuses, blaming
  • Staring off into space; inability to focus
  • Lack of motivation
  • Irrational thoughts

SOCIAL SYMPTOMS

  • Shyness
  • Aggressiveness
  • Loss of voice
  • Becoming violent or lashing out
  • Feeling isolated or lonely
  • Seeking isolation; not wanting to go out
  • Passivity
  • Having difficulty following a conversation
  • Lowered desire for sex
  • Inability to get organized
  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Pessimistic outlook
  • Using others

SPIRITUAL SYMPTOMS

  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Feeling powerless
  • Lack of vision of the future
  • Lack of interest in things that used to motivate or be enjoyable
  • Focus on external gratification (e.g., gambling, pornography)
  • Not having alone time

 

Possible Treatments and Therapy to Heal and Deal with Your Stress :

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT )
    • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
    • Evidence-based stress management techniques
    • Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
    • Breathwork
    • Action Orientated Approaches: used to take action to change a stressful situation
    • Emotion-oriented approaches: used to change the way we perceive a stressful situation
    • Acceptance-oriented approaches: used for dealing with stressful situations you can’t control
    • Affirmations and imagery
    • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
    • Cognitive Restructuring
    • Talk it out
    • Alternative Therapies –In addition to traditional methods of stress therapy, there are many activities that an individual can do to alleviate their stress. Activities like exercise, yoga, meditation, and social support are all useful tools to try if a person is faced with intense feelings of stress or pressure.

 

Benefits of our Online Counselling for Stress Management are the following :

  • Active lifestyle
  • Emotional intelligence including empathy
  • Meditation or Mindfulness
  • Use of relaxation techniques
  • Meaningful work or volunteer time
  • Optimism, happiness
  • Social support
  • Connectedness
  • Spiritual expression
  • Environmental engagement (e.g., green practices)
  • Time outdoors
  • Consumption of healthy foods in moderation
  • Quiet time alone
  • Restful, restorative sleep
  • Positive self-talk
  • Intellectual engagement
  • Mindfulness
  • Sense of humor
  • Enjoyable physical activity
  • Responsible self-management of time and finances
  • Responsible self-management of alcohol and other substances and sexual activity
  • Healthy weight management

Try to get the most out of your online counselling & therapy. Keep your appointments. Practice the exercises your therapist gives you. Treatment helps, and without it, you might get worse. Remember, you don’t have to deal with Stress on your own. Help is out there.

Begin Your Journey With An Experienced Therapist and Heal Your Stress

 

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