Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, stress can help motivate you to take action on activities that need to get done. However, sometimes these day-to-day activities may seem overwhelming and feel like its too much. There's also larger stresses that can make life feel hard sometimes ... a sick family member, money concerns, having a baby, getting married, getting divorced, family issues, social injustices, or any other major life transition. Sometimes these stressors can feel paralyzing and like you don't have any control. Stress is your body's way of saying sometime needs your attention or action. The way you respond to stress impacts your health and wellness.
Symptoms of Stress
Stress can be short term or long term. Long term stress can have a significant impact on your emotional, mental, and physical health and can lead to behavioural changes. Stress symptoms can be different for everyone. Here are some common signs that your stress may be too high and that it may be time for you to take some steps to cope with the stress in your life:
Emotional symptoms such as feeling moody, irritable, frustrated, angry, anxious, or overwhelmed
Mental signs such as constant worrying, negative self talk, difficulty focusing and concentrating, making poor decisions, difficulty making decisions, or memory problems
Physical symptoms such as headaches, racing heart rate, muscle tension, frequent illness, chronic aches and pains, digestive problems, and/or changes in menstrual cycle
Spirit such as not taking the time to breath, slow down, or do things that you enjoy doing
Behavioral signs such as trouble sleeping or staying asleep, changes in eating habits, avoiding the stressor, decrease in productivity, missing deadlines, decrease in self care, or using alcohol or drugs to cope
Therapy Can Help
Therapy can help you to take charge of your stress and regain some balance in your life.
Counselling can help you understand how your stressors impact your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. It can also help you understand how your emotional, mental, and physical, and spiritual health impact your stress levels. Stress and health have a reciprocal relationship, they both impact each other.
Therapy can also help you shift your stress story so you can be stronger and more resilient when addressing stress. Stress is well, stressful, but if you shift your perspective about stress, it can be manageable. Counselling can be a chance to learn, grow, and move forward when life throws stresses at you.
Therapy can also help you learn relaxation techniques, coping strategies, and self care to help you respond to those stressful moments and gain control.
Let's help you get back to being more balanced, rooted, and centered.
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