Stress is a normal and sometimes healthy psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. It can prevent many dangers and threats from becoming realized, as it serves the purpose of our body’s alarm system. As with an ever-sounding alarm system, it can become annoying and potentially harmful. Thus, there are some severe physiological and medical consequences if not addressed and managed. Chronic (long-term) stress has been found to erode the body’s immune system, making all of us more vulnerable to diseases and illness. Stress management therapy helps people healthily cope with stress so that it doesn’t reach a breaking point.
When it becomes too much, stress can manifest itself in physical and mental problems. The most common physical manifestations are pain such as headaches, stomach pain, and back pain, but it can also affect your immune system as well and make you more prone to contracting colds and other viruses. Mentally, stress can cause you to become moody, depressed, or irritable. Stress management therapy from trained mental health professionals can help you prevent these uncomfortable and painful displays of stress and can give you the tools you need to overcome stress and form healthy ways to relieve stress naturally.
What Does Stress Management Look Like?
Your one-on-one stress management therapy will be tailored to fit your specific needs. However, your therapists will probably recommend some well-known stress management techniques. The first thing you will do with your counselor is talk through your stress problems and see if you can pinpoint exactly what is causing it.
Next, you will try to outline a plan of attack. What can you do to eliminate the stress? If it can’t be eliminated, what can you do to cope or manage it? Once this has been covered, you can decide what type of stress management techniques will help your situation. Breathing exercises are often recommended as is keeping a journal. Stress management may be long-term or short-term depending on your unique situation. Sometimes, picking up a relaxing hobby helps people release stress in a healthy way, while other times, radical lifestyle changes are needed.
Why Choose New Horizons for Stress Management?
Whatever your situation calls for, our trained mental health professionals are ready to help you plan a course for success. We want to help you create the tools to handle the necessary stress in your life, and we want to assist with eliminating the unnecessary stress you struggle to get rid of. Let us partner with you today.