Stress is often defined as a bodily response to the demands of life. But there are also emotional and mental aspects of stress. It is experienced as thoughts and feelings as well as in the body. Another way to define stress could be as an internal and conditioned response to external pressures.
Mental health professionals often help people reduce and manage their stress. They can also help people work through other mental health issues that have developed while coping with high levels of stress over a period of time.
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.
Types of Stress
Episodic Acute Stress
When you have high-stress levels for an extended period of time, you have chronic stress. Long-term stress like this can have a negative impact on your health.
SYMPTOMS OF STRESS :
- Loss of voice
- Becoming violent or lashing out
- Feeling isolated or lonely
- Seeking isolation; not wanting to go out
- Having difficulty following a conversation
- Lowered desire for sex
- Inability to get organized
- Pessimistic outlook
- Using others
- Test anxiety
- Public speaking anxiety
- Having difficulty focusing
- Inability to prioritize
- Making excuses, blaming
- Staring off into space; inability to focus
- Lack of motivation
- Irrational thoughts