How well do you manage stress?
All of us experience stress from time to time. Some stress can be good for us and motivate us to make positive changes or strive for a better quality of life. However, too much, or prolonged stress, can be damaging to both our physical and mental health.
There are some well-known big stress factors including work, relationships, family issues and financial problems. Stress may cause us to adopt unhealthy coping methods such as smoking or drinking (who hasn’t thought – I’ve had such a hard day, I’m going to have a large glass of wine. And then done the same thing the following day?).
Although these short term fixes may lubricate the wheels of change, they can also become habits that harm your health. Meanwhile, you are diverted from the fact that the problem itself still exists in your life.
This is the third in our series of blogs covering a number of treatments for stress available here at Kennington which include; Acupuncture/Facial Acupuncture, Massage Therapy/Dry Needling and Counselling/Psychotherapy.
Stress might manifest itself in four different areas of your life:
- Physical symptoms such as aches and pains, indigestion, exhaustion, and sweaty palms
- Thinking symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, losing your sense of your humour, constantly worrying, feeling panicky
- Emotional symptoms such as anger, mood swings, feeling powerless and anxiety
- Changed behaviour such as bossiness, compulsive eating, being more critical of others, being more impulsive, drinking too much
Therapy 3 – Counselling / Psychotherapist
Our counsellors and psychotherapists have undergone extensive training with a wide variety of people – there is no ‘typical’ client for counsellors. They provide you with a safe environment and can offer short or longer term therapy to help you find equilibrium and freedom as well as helping you to understand your strengths and abilities.