Stress

Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kids, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK - some stress is actually beneficial - too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.

Stress is the body's reaction to harmful situations -- whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as "fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. 

Signs and Symptoms of Stress:

  • Memory problems

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Poor judgment

  • Seeing only the negative

  • Depression or general unhappiness

  • Anxiety and agitation

  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Changes in appetite -- either not eating or eating too much

  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities

  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes

  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

Stress is a part of life. What matters most is how you handle it. I can help you identify the causes for your stress and identify the primary stressors and help you develop a plan for addressing the problems and eliminating the stressors. I also find that mindfulness is an incredible tool to help you understand, tolerate, and deal with your emotions in healthy ways. I can teach you how to incorporate mindfulness techniques into your life, and train your mind to observe your thoughts, feelings, and sensations with an objective view. This in turn helps you automatically reduce your stress response and anxiety in many situations.