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That's About All I Can Handle......... Your Guide To Stress Management

Updated: Apr 21

By: Deborah Danner, Ph.D.(c), LCPC, CADC, NCC


Introduction


Stress is a common part of life that can either help us learn and grow or it can cause significant physical, mental, and relationship problems. Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action. If we don’t take action, the stress response can lead to health problems. Therefore, effective stress management is important and relevant to everyone.


Understanding Stress


Stress is a reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious. Learning healthy ways to cope and getting the right care and support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms.


Causes of Stress


Stress can be caused by a variety of factors including, but not limited to:

  • Work or school pressures

  • Family problems

  • Financial issues

  • Health concerns

  • Major life changes


Effects of Stress


If left unchecked, stress can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. It can also affect our mental health leading to issues like depression and anxiety disorders.


Stress Management Techniques


There are several ways to manage stress effectively, and they can be broadly categorized into physical and mental strategies.

Physical Strategies

  • Exercise: Regular physical activity can relieve mental stress.

  • Balanced Diet: Eating a healthy diet can reduce the effects of stress on your body.

  • Adequate Sleep: Stress can cause sleep problems and a lack of sleep can increase stress levels. So, maintaining a good sleep routine is essential.

Mental Strategies

  • Relaxation Techniques: Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help to activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness opposite to the stress response.

  • Social Support: Spending time with family and friends, and talking to a trusted friend or counselor can greatly reduce stress.

  • Positive Thinking: Maintaining a positive outlook and practicing positive self-talk can help in managing and reducing the negative effects of stress.


Conclusion


Stress is a part of life and cannot be completely avoided. However, with the right tools and mindset, we can manage our stress effectively and prevent it from taking a toll on our health. Remember, it’s not the stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it. Reach out for help in managing your stress and schedule your session today. You don't have to do this alone.

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