Stress occurs when our perception of life demands exceeds our resources. When this occurs there are various symptoms that we may experience, which we all experience differently. Not all stressors are bad either, nor does every individual experience stress toward the same situations.
What is important to note is your reaction, so you can intervene and regain balance before you become overwhelmed. Stress affects us in 4 main areas: physical, mental/emotional, social/relational, and behaviourally.
Counselling focuses on identifying present stresses and prioritizing them to determine which are the most significant to address initially. During counselling, coping skills, relaxation skills, finding balance in life and changing perceptions are some of the key areas we will focus on.
Common symptoms of stress include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle aches
- Blood sugar changes
- Body aches and pains
- Flare ups of any chronic problem such as arthritis or asthma
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Cranky and irritable
- Crying more than usual
- Withdrawing from others
- Fighting more with others, feeling angry or irritable with others
- Having a short fuse when a mistake occurs
- Using alcohol or drugs more
- Smoking more
- Sleeping more or less
- Not taking time for exercise or recreational activities
Additional Resources on Stress Management
*Please note that I cannot be responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.
Free Guided Meditations from UCLA Health – http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations
Quiz What’s Your Stress Index? https://cmha.ca/whats-your-stress-index/
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook – Book
Headspace: Guided Meditation – iOS App
Headspace: Guided Meditation – Android App