We live in a world filled with stressors. We try to pack too many things into our day. We experience a lot of demands at home and at work. We turn on the TV or radio and hear about all the bad things happening in the world. We get bad medical news or are awaiting results from tests. Even just getting to and from work can be stressful. Sometimes, it seems like we can’t handle one more thing.
Stress can be experienced in many ways. It leaves us feeling off-center or unbalanced, unable to settle. It affects our sleep. It can lead to physical complaints like stomach trouble, headaches, or tense muscles. It makes us irritable. It robs us of our happiness. On top of that, it seems like everyone else is coping.
My treatment is designed to bring back joy into people’s lives. There are a lot of techniques that can be used to reduce the effects of stress. Examples of this include physical exercise, time management, and relaxation techniques. There is also the cognitive component; what we are saying to ourselves about the stressors will affect how we react to them. This does not mean “just think happy thoughts.” It does mean identifying and critically evaluating the thoughts as well as learning to differentiate thoughts from situations. Although therapy cannot promise to take away the sources of stress, it should lead to different approaches that will make these stressors more manageable.
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