You will have experienced stress at one time or another in your life; small doses can motivate you to do better. However, when the stress is prolonged it can have a negative effect on you physically and mentally.
Stress can be seen as pressure, whether this is placed upon you by others or by yourself – when you find it difficult to deal with this pressure, you can feel stressed. Stress levels and effects vary from person to person; left too long, it can lead to an illness.
Stress is a reaction to a threatening situation which is known as the fight or flight response. The fight response is when your body gives you a sudden burst of energy, to allow you to fight for your life; whereas the flight response is your body’s encouragement to flee from the danger and protect yourself. Although you will rarely tend to be in life-threatening situations, your brain is still hardwired the same way; you may react the same when you’re under pressure.
When you’re under pressure there’s no option to fight or flight, thus the chemicals in your system build up and can cause damage to your immune system. Left un-dealt with this build up can lead to depression, anxiety and other issues. It’s important to arrange therapy if you feel that your feelings are starting to have a negative impact on your day to day life.
• Getting married
• Exam worry
• Moving home
• Serious illness
• Children leaving home
• Social anxiety
• Being unemployed
• Relationship problems
• Being a career
• Lack of change/progress in life can be a cause of stress
• Feelings of agitation
• Quick to anger
• Feeling anxious
• Having low self-esteem
• Avoidance of people and or places/situations
• Using substances to seek comfort, such as alcohol, drugs and or food
• Having difficulty sleeping
• Feeling dizzy
• Having an upset stomach
• Feeling chest pains or experiencing heart palpitations
Stress Counselling can provide you with the right environment to talk through the difficulties you’re experiencing, help gain clarity on issues you face, and provide you with an understanding of the underlying issues that may be facing. During your counselling, you work together with your therapist to identify the triggers and establish the best ways of coping so that should you feel stressed again in the future you’re more skilled at being able to deal with the problem.