Stress is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to handle it alone. Whether you are a student struggling to balance your academic and personal life or a busy professional weighed down by your workload, learning healthy stress management techniques is the key to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
At Taylor Counseling Group, we offer stress management counseling where we can teach you skills and coping techniques to address your stress levels and deal with them in a healthy, productive way.
What Is Stress?
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Sadly, this normal biological function has become an epidemic in our modern society and leads to many physical, emotional, and psychological problems. In its most basic form, stress is supposed to be a short-lived physical response to danger that releases a flood of adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream. These hormones make you highly alert and vigilant so that your fight or flight response can be most effective.
Chronic stress sends these hormones coursing through your body as a result of perceived psychological threats. Experiencing the stress response several times a day can contribute to a number of debilitating conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and chronic pain.
If you’re not sure if chronic stress has impacted your life, there is a host of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that accompany this condition. These include:
- Digestive issues
- Sleep problems
- Body pain
- Substance abuse
- Irritability or anger
What Causes Stress?
Stress is normal. Most of the time, we adapt to its ebb and flow without much difficulty. Stress is not supposed to interfere with your life, emotions, or mental well-being.
However, you may experience times when you face multiple stressors all at once, causing you to feel ill-prepared to deal with stress on your own. These stressors could include a combination of major life changes and normal daily difficulties, such as:
- Loss of a loved one
- Family problems
- Getting married
- Having a child
- Financial instability
- Starting a new job
- School or college
The Importance of Therapy for Stress
Stress management therapy is designed to provide you with guidance and tools to help you get through times of intense stress. Whether you’re going through a difficult experience or the rigors of daily life are bogging you down, stress management techniques can prepare you to cope with stress and manage present and future life challenges. Also, the ability to reduce your stress will keep you from suffering from its physical ramifications.
The clinicians at Taylor Counseling Group are highly trained in a variety of stress management techniques. Working together, we can help you find a personalized approach to dealing with stress so that you can address it whenever and wherever it occurs. First, we help you identify the underlying issues that trigger stress. Whether it’s work, family, or other aspects of your personal life, our therapists can suggest ways to minimize the influence of these stressors.
Once you understand what’s causing your stress, we work to develop healthy coping skills. Many people develop unhealthy ways to cope with stress, such as smoking, binge-eating, substance or alcohol abuse, and escapism. Once you understand these harmful habits, you can replace them with healthier methods of dealing with stress so you can relax and move forward into a happier, healthier tomorrow.
Schedule Your Stress Management Counseling
Don’t allow chronic stress to rob your peace of mind. Schedule an appointment at Taylor Counseling Group to meet with one of our highly skilled clinicians at one of our many Central Texas locations.