Stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”. As such, it is a very individual emotion – stress for one person can be very manageable for another, however, it doesn’t make it less stressful for the former.
Stress is a unique emotion. Not only does it affect you mentally (difficulties in concentration), it can also manifest itself physically too – sleeping problems, sweating and loss of appetite to name a few. When placed under stress, your body is flooded with stress hormones. These hormones initiate the “fight or flight” response – you either stop and face the problem or run away from it.
Once the stressful event has been resolved, the stress hormones return to normal levels.
Why do we get stressed?
This is a common question asked when looking for answers behind stressful moments. The word ‘stress’ has been so over-used that it can represent an obstacle, yet it still has a big hold on our society.
Two main factors of stress:
- Internal (from within – your perception)
- External – out there – redundancy, relationship break-up, a traumatic event, moving house, etc.)
Internal conflict, or conflict within yourself, reflects the difference between what you really feel and what you are able or choose to do about it. Interpersonal conflict occurs between you and another person when what they do or say is different to what you feel and vice-versa. Stress can affect you when it begins to interfere with your day-to-day functioning.
There are many different things you can do to reduce your stress levels. Some of the areas our counsellors cover include:
- A basic overview of stress and its effects
- Symptoms of burnout
- Communicating with thoughts, feelings and behaviour in response to stress
- What do we forget to do when under stress? Self-observation
- Physical relaxation techniques
- Positive thinking and communication skills
- Time management and self-care
- Reactions to crisis
- How do I cope with change?
- Strategies and tools to deal with stress and self-care
- Working toward taking responsibility for our thoughts and actions
- Stress and Anxiety
Should you require further information, or if you wish to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.