Stress is our body’s reaction in challenging situations. Facing danger, the body releases hormones alarming the brain to be alert. These hormones induce feelings of stress. Thus, stress is a positive thing that helps us protect ourselves. However, when stress lasts for long times and for irrational reasons, it is considered a problem.
Stress activates the nervous system. The nervous system controls the body’s heart rate, breathing, muscles, and other body functions. When we experience stress for long time, the nervous system consumes our energy. We become tired physically and emotionally. Stressed people complain from lack of sleep, digestive problems, or tension in the muscles.
- Anxiety or irritability
- Panic attacks
often try to overcome their stress by smoking, drinking, drugs, or/and other unhealthy behaviors. Soon they become addicted and stuck in different kinds of problems. This is why it is important to seek help and the earlier the better it is. Therapists help people to manage their stress using healthy strategies. Stress is a subjective experience. What is stressful to someone may be not so much to another. The only person who can tell the level of stress is the person themselves. Hence, the first thing therapists do is to help the client recognize the stress they are going through. Therapists too help clients note the reasons or situations causing the stress and work with them on healthy strategies to cope with it. Coping strategies may be like exercising, breathing
techniques, or engaging in other activities preferred by the client.
- Contact counsel-me specialists if you feel that you need help.