All of us feel stress at some point during our lives: during exams when you haven’t studied enough, deciding on what to wear on a first date, thinking about your job, or even not having enough money to make the mortgage payment. Stress, although it’s uncomfortable, is the body’s way of responding to the demands of life. By making you feel various emotions, stress forces the body to act upon them and resolve them.
Before stress became today’s reminder of an impending deadline and other triggers, stress came from the body’s flight or fight response in prehistoric times: A physical reaction to an actual threat to one’s life. When faced with stimuli such as a wild animal or dangerous situation, a prehistoric person may have experienced high blood sugar, blood pressure, and an elevated heart rate.
These same symptoms are often associated with stress today. Considering that today’s “triggers” aren’t immediate threats to your survival, stress may seem too much for the body to handle when experienced too frequently. However, there can be both “good” stress which helps give us focus and a performance edge, and “bad” stress that totally overwhelms us.
Effects On Health
Many things can cause stress in your daily life: Losing a job, experiencing a loss or a sudden big change, getting married, having a child, or being diagnosed with a serious illness. Sometimes there are even clusters of events that make us feel besieged by bad fortune.
When left unchecked, stress can create a whole host of problems, including:
- Chronic pain and headaches
- Hypersomnia or insomnia
- Reduced or increased appetite
- Decreased enjoyment of usual activities
- Depression and anger
- Heart attacks or possibly strokes
Given the seriousness of stress’s effects on the body, it’s important to be able to find ways to unwind and release building tension. Our team can provide various strategies and treatment methods to help mitigate the effects of stress.
Treatment and Management
An essential process in stress management is finding ways for you to fully “unwind” and the ability to be able to “recreate.” These can come in the form of activities that are immediately pleasurable to you such as taking a hot bath, exercising, or deep breathing. However, if you feel as though your stress is becoming too much to handle, our team at Direct Focus Solutions can use our multidisciplinary techniques to offer alternative forms of therapy for you to try.
For example, cognitive behaviour therapy can allow you to understand and cope with stress. This involves assessing and analysing the impact of stress within your daily life and finding ways to counteract them on your own terms. Along with mindfulness, this therapy is a “go-to” intervention to help ground a brain stuck in hyperarousal.
We also have facilities built for:
- Biofeedback training
- Occupational therapy
- Restorative yoga
These tools can be blended into customisable programs that allow us to develop stress therapy for your particular needs.