Stress at home and in the workplace can impact on other areas of your life. Whether you are burdened by finances, work conflict, lack of time to fulfil commitments or family issues, counselling can offer proven strategies to help cope with stress. We will explore ways to remove the cause of the stress and if this is not possible due to it being an external influence out of your control, we will implement ways to help you better cope.
What is it?
When things are going well for us and we feel in tune with our environment we feel able to cope with the demands of life. The scales are in balance. However when something in our life changes and we feel that we are not able to cope with that demand that’s when stress can happen. The scales tip, we are no longer in balance as the demands of the situation far outweigh our perceived ability to cope with the stressor.
How to reduce your stress.
Stress can show itself in lots of different ways, and people may experience these to varying degrees. Physical symptoms can include those that we have talked about in short term stress, such as increased heart rate, sweaty palms, muscle tension, changes in breathing and a dry mouth. It can also cause headaches, nausea or dizziness, digestive problems and sudden weight loss or gain. Other symptoms can include feeling anxious, irritable or lonely. You may be having difficulty sleeping or attending to tasks as you should, so that you begin to put off challenging situations and begin to make excuses.
If you are feeling stressed there are lots of things you can do to help yourself. Identifying the cause of it is the first place to begin. Making time for yourself to relax and also taking exercise and eating well are all shown to be beneficial to help deal with stress.