Stress refers to our response to a situation that is perceived as difficult for us. The perceived threat triggers our brain’s automatic mechanism of fight or flight and the body’s internal system goes on high alert. However, if this persists and one is unable to alter the response, then consistent stress leads to physical and mental disease.
Some signs of stress include:
Physical signs: headaches and body aches, fatigue, digestive problems, muscle tension, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heart rate, etc.
Emotional signs: anger outbursts, irritability, restlessness, frustration, loss of emotional control or sadness, feeling overwhelmed, or lack of motivation.
Social signs: social withdrawal, increase aggression, misinterpreting people, hypersensitive to criticism, argumentative, etc.
Behavioral signs: an inability to rest, poor concentration, drug, or alcohol abuse, overeating or undereating, and self-medication.
Common reasons for stress?
Some common reasons include illness, workplace pressures, dissatisfied life goals, disagreements with our loved ones, coworkers, or those whose expectations do not line up with our own. Interpersonal disputes lower our quality of life. Many of us suffer from the incessant urge to please other people, or the difficulty to say "no" to people when they want to. Largely, conflicts arise whenever we are unable to live as our true selves.
How does therapy help to de-stress?
Therapy can help de-stress by providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore and process their emotions and thoughts. Through various techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques, therapy can help individuals develop coping skills and strategies to manage stress and anxiety. Additionally, therapy can help individuals identify and address underlying issues that may be contributing to their stress, such as past traumas or relationship problems. However, it is important to note that therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution and may not work for everyone. It is always best to consult with a licensed therapist to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.