Stress is a normal part of life and it manifests in various forms; physical, mental, and emotional. Stress occurs when the demands in your life outweigh your coping abilities. You may experience stress due to school, relationship difficulties, financial difficulties, preparing to become a parent, becoming a first-time parent, work challenges, death of a loved one, moving from one region to another, and adapting to a new culture.
It is important to note that the stress you feel occasionally is harmless to your health. Stress can motivate you to achieve your goals or get yourself out of a dangerous situation. However, when stress becomes chronic, you may experience significant mental strain, as well as physical symptoms.
Chronic stress is often associated with mental disorders such as depression, and substance use. If not managed, stress can worsen the symptoms of many other disorders. Chronic stress can affect your ability to think clearly, focus and cope with everyday responsibilities.
Regardless of the nature of your stressor or stressors, you can learn to manage your stress with the help of Stress Management Counselors at Thriveworks Tucson East. Book an appointment online or call to schedule today at (520) 827-6372.
What Is Stress Management?
To be able to understand the concept of stress management, it is important that you first understand what it means to have stress. Stress refers to a state of mental strain, emotional strain, or tension associated with the high demands of day-to-day living or circumstances.
Stress management involves implementing a set of techniques or programs with the aim of helping an individual cope effectively with stress. Stress management techniques may involve problem-focused strategies, whose aim is to help you learn how to address your sources of stress.
What Are the Signs I Need Stress Management Counseling?
Stress manifests itself in different ways. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the unique way in which you become stressed. Stress can affect your thoughts, feelings, behavior, as well as your physical well-being.
Below are the signs of stress that you need to look out for:
- Thoughts: Depression, drowning yourself in tasks or responsibilities, inability to make decisions, self-criticism, difficulty concentrating, fear of failure, forgetfulness or impaired memory, feeling inadequate, racing thoughts
- Feelings: Irritability, feeling moody, stress-related tremors, snapping at family members or friends, crying out of anger, shame, fear, anxiety, panic
- Behavioral: Changes in appetite, abusing alcohol or drugs in order to calm yourself, causing accidents unnecessarily, impulsivity, clenching or grinding your teeth, speech difficulties or stammering, laughing nervously
- Physical: High blood pressure, weight gain, ulcers, diminished energy levels, headaches, stomach discomfort, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, frequent infections and colds, diminished sexual desire or inability to have sex, muscle tension, pain, aches, dry mouth, unexplained fatigue, sweaty palms, neck and back problems
How Does Stress Management Counseling Work?
Working with a therapist at Thriveworks Tucson East will help you explore the triggers of your stress, including those related to relationship difficulties, work difficulties, school, parenting, or even past experiences. A Thriveworks Tucson East therapist can also help you improve your awareness of behaviors that may be exacerbating your stress.
The stress management counselors at Thriveworks will work with you to design effective stress-reduction or problem-focused strategies, which will go a long way in fostering healthier patterns of living.
Moreover, stress management counseling will help to ensure that you are able to take care of your responsibilities and priorities. You will be able to learn mental and emotional mastery and life skills that will help to ensure that you have a clearer purpose in life, greater happiness, peace of mind, and increased productivity.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Tucson East?
You can schedule an appointment with a counselor or therapist at Thriveworks Tucson East online or by contacting us at (520) 827-6372. We accept various insurance plans. We offer early and late appointments as well as weekend sessions to best serve your availability.