WHAT IS STRESS?
We all need a certain amount of stress in our lives in order to function.
If you imagine a balloon, without any air inside it is floppy and limp, with too much air it will burst, filled with the right amount of air it is at it's best. Our bodies are similar, with no stress in our lives we would be limp and lifeless, with too much stress we would be ready to burst, with just the right amount of stress we function well.
Stress becomes a problem when we don't allow our bodies to recover after each stressful event either because we don't switch off from the events that are stressing us or because we find it difficult to say 'no' to others.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE BECOME STRESSED?
When stressed our bodies will prepare for 'fight or flight'. This instinctual response has a physical as well as an emotional effect on our body.
Some of the symptoms people experience are difficulty sleeping, stomach problems, dizziness, sweating excessively, chest pains or palpitations.
If we remain in a stressed state then the way in which we function can become impaired.
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP WITH STRESS?
When working with someone who is seeking help for Stress I will begin by getting them to talk through the events in their life which are causing the most stress.
Once the cause(s) have been identified we can work together to find some ways in which to cope with these stressful events.
This will help the individual to feel more in control of what is going on in their life and will hopefully alleviate some of the physical symptoms that often accompany stress.
At this point I would start to encourage the individual to explore the emotions behind the stressful event in the hope that they may understand what is causing the stress to build up in the first place.
If left undealt with, Stress can lead to physical symptoms such as High Blood Pressure, Stomach Disorders, Aches and Pains. You also run the risk of suffering from Burnout