Have you ever felt like you’re drowning under your bills, expectations, workload, relationships, and goals? Have you ever pushed through it all for the sake of success? Have you ever thought of stress as good, essential even, for achievement?
Our society idolizes stress. And, to a certain extent, stress can be good. Healthy stress is what drives college students to study for final exams, employees put in extra hours to finish that big project or helps us distinguish a potentially dangerous situation from a safe situation. However, too often we’re told to push past the healthy stress and into unhealthy stress. When unhealthy stress is not effectively managed, it can create mental and physical health implications stretching years into your future.
Thriveworks Columbia Stress Therapy understands the tricky balance that is managing stress. However, it is possible. With the right tools and strategy, you can become the master of your own stress and future. For more information or to schedule a virtual or in-person stress therapy session today, call 803-477-3736.
Why am I so stressed?
It can feel like stress comes out of nowhere. Afterall, it’s not likely you’re actually on the verge of death or are making decisions that will make or break the world. Yet somehow, the combination of crowded grocery aisles, work projects, and rush hour traffic is enough to push you over the edge. Why?
It is never because you’re weak. The stress and all the accompanying emotions are valid. There really are finances to meet, work to succeed at, people to talk to, personal goals, and the constant unknown life throws at us. Your stress makes sense, it is literally hardwired into our brains.
Our brains are programmed to be in danger to keep us alive. The problem is our stress mechanisms haven’t evolved as quick as the rest of us and can’t tell the difference between a lion attack and paying taxes.
Great, you might be thinking, so even my body is working against me, is there any hope?
Yes! Stress Therapy in Columbia, SC is a researched, applicable way to manage your stress and have it work for you instead of the other way around.
As always, the first step is to recognize you have a problem with unmanaged, unhealthy stress. Some of the common symptoms of this type of stress are:
- Constantly avoiding confrontation (initiating the “flight” response)
- Angry outbursts or aggressive behavior (initiating the “fight” response)
- chronic headaches
- joint pain
- upset stomach
- easily triggered anger
- panic attacks
- feeling overwhelmed
- trouble sleeping and/or nightmares
- memory loss
- impulsive behavior
Your worth and success are not tied to your stress levels. You can chase your goals without being burdened by the destructive nature of stress! The stress management counselors in Columbia, SC are excited to meet you and begin this journey.
What does Stress Therapy Look Like?
Stress is a natural part of life, there’s no way to avoid it. But there is a way to make it manageable and healthy. Columbia Stress Therapy is a nonjudgmental space where you can slow down and learn coping mechanisms that work for you and your goals.
We don’t want to ignore the problem of stress; we want to help you build a healthy lifestyle where stress yields to you and your demands. Every new day will bring new, stressful scenarios. To conquer stress, you must change, not just your environment (although that can be a part of the process, too).
Some tools we may teach and use during a counseling session with Columbia Stress Therapy include:
- Practice mindful and relaxation techniques to help you when stress flares high.
- Work stress relievers into your daily or weekly schedule.
- Explore underlying problems that could be provoking stress.
- Build a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, exercise, and nutrition.
- Build social support.
- Learn the symptoms of stress before it gets overwhelming and take steps to stop it from growing.
- Stop negative, untrue thoughts in their tracks and replace them with positive, true thoughts.
Stress therapy in Columbia, SC is all about forming a trusting, professional relationship between client and therapist and structuring each session to fit your needs. We can help you find your individual, unique way of dealing with stress so you have the room to chase you dreams again.
And there’s no need to stress about the cost of therapy – we accept most major insurance plans. We offer convenient appointment times during the day, evening, and weekend, making it easier to get the support you need. Plus, there’s no long wait to get started. In most cases, we can offer an appointment in 24-48 hours.
Don’t let stress control another day. Call Thriveworks Stress Therapy in Columbia, SC today! 803-477-3736