Stress is the feeling of being under pressure. Some stress can motivate us to take action, such as when we have a deadline, but excess stress can be harmful to physical and psychological wellbeing. Chronic stress can lead to anxiety, depression, increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
Emotional symptoms may include:
- depression or low mood
- low self-esteem
- feeling lonely or isolated
- feeling overwhelmed
Cognitive (thinking) symptoms may include:
- racing thoughts
- constant worrying
- difficulty concentrating
- memory problems
- poor judgement
- imagining the worst
- focusing on negatives
- rumination (going over and over things)
Behavioural symptoms may include:
- changes in eating habits
- sleeping too little or too much
- increased use of alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- nervous habits, such as nail biting or pacing
- temper outbursts
- being forgetful or clumsy
- talking more or faster
- isolating self from others
- procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- being unreasonable
- constantly busy
Physical symptoms may include:
- frequent colds
- dry mouth
- sexual problems
- stomach, bowel or bladder problems
- feeling sick or dizzy
- muscle tension and pain
- rapid heartbeat
I am able to teach you how to relax using techniques such as: controlled breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualisation, mindfulness and problem-solving skills in order to reduce the severity of stress.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you change unhelpful thoughts and beliefs that contribute towards you feeling stressed. You will learn to think in an alternative more balanced way. Behaviours are explored to see if they contribute towards stress and you will develop more effective strategies.
Further work can also be done to address and alter your negative core beliefs, such as: “I’m a failure” or “I’m not good enough” which may be interfering with you having an accurate perception of situations.
Ultimately you will learn to identify and use your own inner resources, which you may be unaware of.