Stress is part of everyday life, in fact it is a widely used to describe how we feel towards an increasing amount of events. Stress can often be useful as it can make us feel the need to perform at our peak whether it is at work or in a sporting event. Stress can also keep us alert and on guard for an upcoming situation that we anticipate being important or anxiety provoking.

However, too much stress can be detrimental to our health both physically or emotionally, therefore it can often feel important to look at our stress levels and if necessary try to cut some down. Our lifestyles, careers and personal situations can contribute to their stress levels and it is often important to ensure that the life choices we make are balanced to help us lead healthy lives.

The body can release different chemicals due to excess stress, these chemicals can lead to psychological and physical symptoms including:

 

Physical symptoms

 

  • Chest pains

  • Sexual difficulties

  • Dizziness

  • Sweating

  • Unexplained aches and pains

  • Changes in sleeping patterns or insomnia

  • Diarrhea or constipation​

  • Irritable bowl syndrome

Psychological symptoms

  • Low mood

  • Irritibility

  • Low mood and or depression

  • Lower than usual self esteem

  • Crying spells

  • Panic attacks

  • Feeling constantly tired

  • Changes in appetite

Reducing stress can have significant benefits to one's health, even though it is often perceived that stress goes with the territory of a high pressured job, it is still recommended to consider a healthy work / life balance to help lower stress and high blood pressure. Counselling can help to look at this work / life balance and any other aspects that may be contributing to higher than usual stress levels.

 

Counselling will often help a sufferer to understand about what is occuring physically in the body at times of stress and why this may be so. Counselling also may look at why we became stressed in the first place which can help with relapse prevention as we start to identify triggers and know when we may be becoming stressed. Counselling also can help explore different coping strategies to help in times of stress.

 

If you would like to speak to me about how counselling can help with stress please feel free to call me on 01189 680 900.

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Dr Christian Buckland, Wokingham Psychology, Woosehill Medical Centre, Fernlea Drive, Wokingham, Berks, RG41 3DR