Posted on October 08, 2019
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by stress--our to-do lists can pile up, work can be demanding, and our relationships can strain us. Before we know it, stress can take over our lives.
However, addressing stress is not about making it disappear. It’s about acknowledging that stress is a normal part of life and identifying stress management techniques. If you’re looking for a stress management counselor, take advantage of Advekit’s therapist matching service. Stress management techniques can be very effective in reducing the negative effects of common types of stress.
To understand how stress management works, it’s important to understand what exactly stress is. Many people inaccurately define stress as simply feeling overwhelmed or being too busy. Stress is a natural response to stressors in your life and can even be positive.
For each person, stressors are different. For some, it may be getting in a car accident. For others, having an important school or work assignment due can cause stress. Stressors can also be internal which means that people can create their own stress and anxiety by worrying or assuming the worst.
Stress is a drawn-out version of the fight or flight response. This response is a physical response to a challenging event that increases our awareness, heart rate, and breathing. Muscles can also become tense. Remaining in a fight or flight response for too long can cause stress.
Stress can present itself in many ways and often differs from person to person. People can exhibit symptoms of stress without even knowing that they’re stressed. Physical symptoms can include:
Additionally, psychological effects can include:
Long-term chronic stress can lead to serious health issues as well. Managing your stress is the key to reducing these negative effects.
Therapy for stress management is a great option to help manage levels of stress you’re experiencing. Therapists can help you identify coping techniques that will work best for you. Therapy will help you become self-aware so you will be able to understand what your stressors are and how to reduce the feelings they cause.
Many different types of therapy exist that can help with long-term stress, including:
Therapy can help you reduce your stress by identifying what is causing it. Many people find that once they understand what their stressors are, they are able to understand how it affects them and implement daily coping mechanisms.
Alison LaSov, LMFT
Alison LaSov is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with experience treating clients struggling with anxiety and depression. She predominantly focuses on mental health intervention for children and adolescents, particularly those who are in crisis. She has worked within the Los Angeles education system treating students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as supervised a non-profit Teen Crisis Hotline out of Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Alison earned her B.A. from UCLA and M.A. from Pepperdine University. She is a native to Los Angeles and co-founder at Advekit.