What is Chronic Stress?
Chronic stress occurs when you repeatedly experience stressful events. Demanding jobs, relationship turmoil, being a caregiver, financial strain, discrimination, and college can cause chronic stress.
Most people recognize the need for help when they experience traumatic stress from serious accidents, war, being a victim of violence, or losing a loved one unexpectedly.
People often ignore the symptoms of chronic stress because they don’t know how harmful it can be.
Symptoms of chronic stress can be physical, emotional, behavioural, cognitive, psychological, or energetic.
Common Problems from Unmanaged Stress:
• Sleep disturbances
• Stomach aches
• Worse decisions about health-related behaviours
• Relationship problems
• Bad moods
Over the long-term, chronic stress increases the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and mental illnesses.
Stress Management Focus Areas
• Pro-actively recognize stress and its negative impact
• Relaxation techniques that lessen stress
• Cognitive therapy that connects thoughts and stress
• Decision-making skills that reduce stress
• Soothing and calming strategies
How Does Counselling Help with Stress Management?
There’s a better way to handle stress than pushing through and getting by on grit. In the long run, ignoring stress increases the risk of physical and mental health problems.
The amount of stress you experience isn’t dependent on the situations you encounter nearly as much as it is the way you perceive them. Developing stress management skills allows you to continue doing things you have to, or want to, do while experiencing less stress than you experience now. Your therapist helps you experience less stress by increasing your skills.
Stress makes it more difficult to identify solutions. When you experience less stress, it is easier to solve problems.
Positive Circles offers group and individual counselling that help you bounce back faster when you experience stress. You can enjoy a full life without risking your health.
What Happens during Stress Management Training?
The first step in stress management training is a consultation where the types of stress you’re experiencing, and the skills you already have are assessed. That information leads to a plan to improve your ability to manage stress.
The plan may involve individual and group counselling or just one of the two.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective way to improve stress management skills. Cognitive solutions are best learned in one-on-one counselling. Group counselling is an excellent way to increase skills that help you relax and learn skills that will reduce the amount of chronic stress you experience.
Increasing Skills Gives You More Control over Stress
You’ve seen people whose lives seem to go well and who bounce back quickly when adversities arise. The only difference between them and you is the skills they use to manage stress. Your life can feel easier, and you can experience better outcomes.
Book a consultation with a counsellor at Positive Circles today to receive the support you deserve.