What is stress?
Stress occurs when a person perceives that they cannot cope with the pressure or demands being made on them. Stress can arise from a specific difficult situation/life event or from a combination of various external pressures that may be happening in a person’s life, such as demands at work, home life, relationships, cost of living, uncertainty, illness or loss of a loved one.
Stress is personal to each individual as different people react to pressure differently due to personality, attitudes & beliefs. However, when the pressure a person is feeling is too great or has been going on too long without effective coping mechanisms stress will occur & will reduce a person’s ability to cope on a day to day basis. Also, left untreated stress can lead to an increased risk of developing certain health conditions.
A Few Examples of the Symptoms of Stress;
Psychological: e.g. Excessive worrying/Negative Thinking/ Anxiety
Emotional: e.g. Lack of confidence/Tearful/Mood Swings
Physical: e.g. Muscle tension/Exhaustion/Indigestion
Behavioural: e.g. No relaxation/Social withdrawal/Sleeping problems/ Dependency on caffeine, smoking or alcohol to switch off
What is Stress Management?
Stress Management is a practical approach which supports a person in coping better with the pressures they are dealing with to reduce their stress levels & feel more in control.
It identifies the situation or events that are causing a person to feel stressed & supports them where possible to find practical solutions to improve the situation & so reduce the negative impact it is having on them. This is done using a variety of action- orientated, emotional-orientated &/or acceptance-orientated approaches depending on each person’s circumstances.
Stress Management supports & encourages healthy lifestyle changes & teaches relaxation methods to help you to feel calmer & more in control.
A variety of different Stress Management tools promotes more effective working, better communication skills & builds resilience to help you cope with pressure more favourably.
By creating a better balance, having a more positive outlook & improved coping skills the symptoms of stress (psychological, emotional, physical & behavioural) gradually reduce & your emotional wellbeing can be restored.
For severe & debilitating levels of stress, with associated stress syndromes therapeutic interventions together medical help through your GP may be required.
For further information or to book an appointment please contact Lindsay Rogers.