Stress is an emotional and physical response to the pressures and demands of life. It is normal to experience occasional stress from time to time, but frequent or even chronic stress can have long-term implications. In addition to affecting your relationships and quality of life, ongoing stress can manifest with physical symptoms, such as anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, appetite changes, and tension headaches. Some people even turn to substance abuse or addiction when stress becomes unmanageable. With stress management counseling, you can learn how to identify stress factors and either avoid them or approach them in a healthy and positive way.
Did you know?
that more than half of Americans suffer from stress on an everyday basis? Much of the stress Americans face is work or family related. However, the vast majority of Americans name money as their primary source of stress. According to an international study by Reader’s Digest, money is not only the number one cause of stress in America but in most countries around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need stress management counseling?
You may need stress management counseling if you have a history of stress that has interfered with your quality of life. Symptoms of stress include irritability, nervous habits, difficulty concentrating, and even neck and back pain. Consult with a provider to determine if stress management counseling is right for you.
What should I expect from stress management counseling?
The goal of stress management counseling is to help you learn ways of eliminating stress from your life. In some cases, this means simply learning to say “no.” If it is not possible to avoid taking on responsibilities, you can learn ways of delegating tasks to other people. Counseling is about understanding that your physical, emotional and mental health is important and that you are the only one that can protect it.
What happens after I have completed stress management counseling?
Stress is a part of life, and you will continue to face stressful circumstances from time to time. You can use the tools learned in counseling to avoid feeling overwhelmed in the future and change your perspective on the negative factors affecting your life. This may include:
- Meditation or prayer
- Deep breathing
- Relaxation techniques
- Getting more sleep
- Eating more nutritiously