Nearly everyone experiences stress from time to time and while a small amount of stress can motivate us, too much or prolonged stress can be damaging to both our physical and mental health.
There are many things that can cause us stress such as work, relationships, family illness, financial issues or even schooling. Sometimes when people are under a lot of stress they can then adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms such as smoking, drinking or drugs and while this may be a quick fix, these habits can cause harm in the long run.
So what happens to us when we feel stressed? Stress is a physical reaction that our bodies go through which we have inherited from back in the cavemen days. When we feel stressed our brain releases cortisol and adrenaline to send our body into fight and flight reaction. The fight reaction would give us the energy to fight the danger whilst the flight reaction would encourage us to run away from our danger and protect ourselves from stress.
This reaction of fight and flight can help us to deal with our stress however if stress is not dealt with and tools are not put into place. The stress chemicals from your body can build up and affect your immune system and blood pressure, as well as your mental health leading to anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.
Some of the cause of stress include:
- Getting married
- Moving home
- Having a bay
Some of the emotional symptoms of stress are:
- Low self-esteem
- Social withdrawal
Physical symptoms can include:
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Chest pains
- Loss in appetite
- Excessive increase in appetite
How I can help
Be U Counselling Service, in Poole, Dorset can help you understand and explore issues that may be causing you stress so that you can identify your personal triggers and look at ways in which ways you can manage them. During counselling sessions, we could use mindfulness and relaxation techniques which we will allow you to concentrate on the here and now and help you to relax.
I offer a free 30 minute, no obligation session where you can come and meet me, ask me questions or use it as a short counselling session to get a feel for what to commit to. This session will give you the opportunity to discover if you feel comfortable working with me and are able to build a therapeutic relationship with me which is important for counselling to take place. If after the 30 minutes, you are happy and would like to continue the counselling sessions, I will book you in for an assessment session where we will set out a therapeutic contract.