Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat—real or perceived. When you believe you might be in danger, your body’s defenses respond automatically. This is known as the fight-or-flight reaction or the stress response. It’s your body’s way of protecting you. It can help you stay focused, energized, and alert. In can even save your life, in extreme circumstances, by giving you extra strength to defend yourself or by sharpening your reaction time to hit your brakes and avoid an accident.
Stress is also what keeps you focused during a presentation at school or work, sharpens your concentration in competitions, or drives you to study for an exam. But, there’s a point where stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
If you frequently find yourself feeling stretched too thin at home or at work, you’re likely in a state of constant stress. This takes a toll on your well-being, affecting your nervous, digestive, endocrine, immune and circulatory systems. With counseling, you can bring your systems back into balance. You can protect yourself and improve how you feel by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.
There are many sources of stress, and it’s a common part of life. How we manage our stress is the key to staying healthy throughout otherwise challenging events, such as:
- Losing a job
- Going through a divorce, separation or breakup
- A change in financial status
- The birth of a child
- Starting/finishing school
- The death of a loved one
- A serious illness
At Thriveworks in Mt. Pleasant, our affordable counselors provide stress reduction strategies and techniques that can be used to manage the stress you are experiencing. If you’d like help working through your stress, call us to schedule your appointment and meet with a therapist. Our phone number is 843-606-6223.
Common Symptoms of Stress
Chronic stress can be the underlying cause of or a complicating factor in many diseases. High stress levels have been linked to:
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Irregular appetite
- Substance abuse
- Negative impact on relationships
- Anger, depression, anxiety
- Decreased enjoyment in social activities
- Memory problems
It’s normal to experience stress from time to time, but our bodies are not good at handling chronic stress. If you are feeling persistently anxious, overwhelmed, or worried, it may be time to consider counseling.
Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant will help you better understand the sources of your stress and explore numerous techniques and approaches to help you manage your stress and get back to feeling calm and more fulfilled. One way our counselors will help you is through guided meditation and mindfulness. These practices help reinforce a positive vision of yourself as successful, patient and relaxed as you relieve some of the stress in your life.
Our counselors have flexible schedules so you can be seen when it fits your schedule, including evenings and weekends. Our counselors are also available by phone and email to help you between sessions. We accept most major insurance plans and have affordable self-pay options.
Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant is conveniently located adjacent to the Queensborough Shopping Center at 1131 Queensborough Blvd., #100 in Mt. Pleasant. Call us today at 843-606-6223 to schedule your first counseling session and take the first step toward a less stressful life.