Stress Management Counselling 2018-08-07T11:43:39+00:00

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Counselling For Stress

For people who regularly encounter stress, stress relief is fundamental in attaining a content, joyful, relaxed and productive lifestyle.  Aside from the physiological symptoms ascribed to stress, the emotional, behavioural and psychological disturbance can be immense.  Here at Aspects Therapy, we integrate various therapeutic approaches in order to assist clients in combating stress.

Our clients learn how to successfully alter perceptual awareness with constructive thought patterns, which prove to enhance cognitive processes and significantly reduce stress levels.

How We Tackle Stress

The practical cognitive and behavioural techniques we provide show nearly instantaneous results for stress reduction.  Through implementing viable means of stress-prevention, such as goal-setting, routine structuring, time-keeping, and daily task redistribution, stress sufferer’s report a noticeable improvement in everyday functioning. 

We promote self-care practices, in conjunction with mindfulness, meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques, all of which prove instrumental in releasing stress from the body.  As part of our stress management program, our therapists also encourage physical exercise, a healthy diet, and teach clients to monitor and take charge of common stressors.

 

What Is Stress?

Stress is a psychological or emotional state that triggers a physical response under demanding or adverse circumstances. When this form of resistance begins, paying attention to specific physiological warning signs is essential. Stress activates the fight or flight response, which releases chemicals and hormones, that provide the body with a rush of energy in preparation for physical action.  The American Psychological Association’s studies on stress rates reveal that 66% of people regularly experience physical symptoms of stress, while 63% experience psychological symptoms.

 

Why Do People Get Stressed?

Given the fast pace attached to modern-day living, life itself can feel overwhelming by times.  As the average person works and sleeps approximately 80 hours per week, the 40 hours leftover for a personal life and daily duties seems somewhat limited. With less time available for self-care, it’s understandable that many will feel extremely burdened and overwhelmed by the pressure. Bring interpersonal conflict into the equation and we undoubtedly have the perfect formula for stress.

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What Is Burnout?

Severe stress can lead to burnout, which is a progressive and chronic state of stress that impairs general functionality. A person who is suffering from an extreme case of burnout may experience a mental or emotional breakdown, cardiovascular or gastrointestinal problems, or may even need to be hospitalised.

Causes Of Stress

Interpersonal Conflict

Bereavement

Divorce/Separation/Affairs

Job Loss / Work-related Issues 

Financial Insecurity

Moving Home

Health Issues

Trauma

Emotional Issues

Symptoms Of Burnout

Physical/emotional exhaustion

Cynicism/detachment

Depression

Energy Depletion

Feelings of Ineffectiveness

Prolonged fatigue

Inability to concentrate

Feelings of personal inadequacy

Feelings of professional incompetence

Effects Of Stress

Known as the number one killer, scientific studies have revealed the detrimental effect that high stress levels have on physical health. As stress weakens the immune system, in severe cases it is seen as a foundational component of many health conditions. If unmanaged, chronic stress can also be a contributory factor in cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

When looking at a bridge collapse in comparison, such a structure can only withstand a certain amount of pressure before the metal begins to weaken. When the tension then exceeds the bridges capacity to withstand the pressure, what is referred to as ‘snapping’ occurs. When a person’s tension levels considerably intensify, without the appropriate tools to fix the problem, similar to the bridge, the individual will almost always crumble from the weight.

High levels of stress can induce mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.  It can also affect eating and sleeping patterns, as well as dramatically decrease levels of frustration-tolerance.  One can only push oneself so far before the impact of stress will inevitably transpire.

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