Stress seems to be a part of our lives in many different ways. Stress at work, at home, in our relationships and stress brought on by life events. It’s true that some stress can be good, but when we are experiencing stress in a few different areas of our life at once, it can be difficult to manage. We cannot always get rid of stress and at times it can become overwhelming, but Psychotherapy can help teach the tools needed to get through these stressful times and provide an outlet to help us cope with the stress of everyday life and specific life events. With practice, and support we can keep our stress at healthy levels that keep us alert and motivated to face challenges.
There are several signs and symptoms of stress including the following:
Physical: fatigue, headaches, nausea, chest pain, muscle spasms and numbing
Mental: forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, inattention, poor problem solving
Emotional: anxiety, depression, hopelessness, worry, anger
Behavioral: isolation, diminished sexual drive, sleeping/eating less or more
Understanding Your Stressors:
Before implementing any coping strategy, clinical psychology can be beneficial to helping to determine what your stressors are. Once you become aware and are able to identify and understand the triggers to stress in your life, then learning coping skills and developing a coping strategy becomes easier.