Reducing Symptoms of Stress With Stress Management Therapy

Stress is a natural reaction to changes and challenging situations that come about in life. It helps our bodies to stay alert and aware so that we can better defend ourselves. But, for people who deal with stress and anxiety disorders, stress can become overwhelming enough to derail life and bring about debilitating side effects. Fortunately, for those dealing with stress at overwhelming levels, there are strategies that can be used to reduce stress, including stress management therapy and techniques.

Identifying What Stress Is

Stress is an emotion that’s brought about by the human body’s ‘flight or fight’ response, which is a natural response that happens in the brain to dangerous situations. Essentially, it’s a release of brain chemicals that’s purpose is to protect the body when in danger. For people with stress and anxiety disorders, this flight or fight response is overactive. Thus, leading to a steady and overwhelming sensation of stress and anxiety that happens even when the body isn’t in danger.

Dealing With Symptoms of High-Stress Levels

While experiencing stress and anxiety in high-stress situations is normal, it’s not normal to experience stress constantly or without provocation. So, people who are living with high levels of stress can experience symptoms as a result. Some of the symptoms of living with high levels of stress can include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Sleeplessness
  • Depression
  • Disordered eating
  • Risky behaviors (unprotected sex, drug use, etc.)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Stomach pain and digestive issues
  • Feelings of anger, apathy, irritability, anxiety, and more

Living with high levels of stress can completely interfere with a person’s health and wellbeing. Without treatment, symptoms of stress can lead to the development of physical illness including stroke, diabetes, chronic pain conditions, hypertension, and heart disease.

Tips to Reducing High Levels of Stress

There are some ways that people who are living with high levels of stress can do to reduce stress levels. Some of the ways people can attempt to reduce stress include:

  • meditation
  • eating healthy meals
  • getting enough sleep
  • routinely exercising
  • eliminating alcohol, drug, and nicotine use
  • preventing stress triggers
  • saying ‘no’ to situations that can lead to stress
  • work on self-esteem with self-love techniques

If these stress management techniques don’t work to eliminate overwhelming levels of stress, it may be a good idea to consider stress management therapy.

How Stress Management Therapy Can Help With Stress

Stress counseling services can help to provide individuals who deal with high levels of stress on a consistent basis with coping strategies that can help prioritize healthy thought patterns and behaviors that can reduce stress. Southcoast Psychiatric Services offers outpatient counseling services for people dealing with stress and anxiety disorders in order to help them manage and overcome the stress that’s debilitating to their daily lives. Plus, find solutions that they can use when they feel overwhelmed by stress. This way, stress is under control, individuals can recognize what triggers their stress, and learn more about why they may be experiencing high levels of stress. Find out more about our outpatient counseling services available at our South Florida location on our website.