All of us feel stress at some point in our lives. This can be during exams you haven’t studied enough for, deciding on what to wear on a first date, thinking about your job, or not having enough money to make the mortgage payment. Stress, in as much as it’s uncomfortable, is the body’s way of responding to demands of life. When stress makes you feel various emotions, it forces the body to act upon them and resolve these conflicts.
Before stress became today’s reminder of an impending deadline and other forms of triggers, stress is elicited from of the body’s flight or fight response in prehistoric times. This response is a physical reaction to an actual threat to one’s life, which manifests as today’s physical signs of stress. When faced with a wild animal or dangerous situation, a prehistoric person may have high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and elevated heart rate that, psychologically manifests as uncontrollable and/or immediate reaction to stimuli. These symptoms are often associated with stress today and, seeing that today’s “triggers” aren’t immediate threats to your survival, may seem too much for the body to handle when experienced too frequently. There can be “good” stress which helps us to focus and gives us a performance edge, or “bad” stress that totally overwhelms us.
The Effects of Stress On Health: An Overview
A lot of things can cause stress in your daily life. Examples include life events such as losing a job, experiencing a loss or a big change, getting married, having a child, being diagnosed with a serious illness, and sometimes there is a cluster of events which make us feel besieged by bad fortune.
Unfortunately, when left unchecked, stress can bring a whole host of problems. These include chronic pain and headaches, hypersomnia or insomnia, reduced or increased appetite coupled with decreased enjoyment in usual activities, depression and anger, heart attacks, and even stroke.
Given the seriousness of stress’s effects to the body, it’s important to be able to find ways to unwind and to release the tension that is in your body when stressed. Our team provides various forms of strategies and treatment methods available to help mitigate the effects of stress.
Treating, Managing Stress
When it comes to stress management, an integral process comes in the form of finding ways for you to fully “unwind” and the ability to be able to “recreate.” Sometimes, these come in the form of activities that are immediately pleasurable to you such as taking a hot bath, exercising, or deep breathing. If you’re in need of professional help, therapists and psychologist may also offer other forms of therapy for you to try.
For instance, cognitive behaviour therapy helps to understand and cope with stress. This involves assessing and analysing the impact of stress to your life and finding ways to counteract them on your own terms. Along with mindfulness it is a “go- to” intervention to ground a system that is in hyperarousal mode.
However, if you feel as though stress is becoming too much to handle, our team at Direct Focus Solutions can use our multidisciplinary techniques to help you handle your stress. We have facilities built for psychotherapy, biofeedback training, neurofeedback, occupational therapy and restorative yoga that can be blended into customisable programs that would allow us to tailor a particular therapy for your needs.
Our Stress Practitioners
Michelle is a Senior Psychologist with experience in depression, anxiety, relationships and a strong focus on self-esteem, transforming limiting thoughts and beliefs and discovering meaning and purpose in one’s life. Michelle works in both private practice and in the corporate sector, providing a depth of experience across personal and work-related issues.