Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Have you been curious about stress management therapy or are wondering if your stress levels are taking a toll on your general well being? It's no secret that stress makes people experience mental, emotional, and physical strain. While stress can't always be overcome by "positive thinking" there are some practices that can help reduce stress levels so that it can feel more manageable. Read on to learn more from our stress management therapists at B'Well Counseling Services.
What are Some Symptoms of Chronic Stress?
Chronic stress builds when the source of the stress won't go away and the body is unable to find relief. Common physical symptoms of stress in its early stages include higher breathing rates, muscle tension, increased blood pressure, and slower metabolic function. Stress can trigger emotional reactions, such as depression, anger, and fatigue. Behaviors associated with these emotional side effects can exacerbate physical symptoms already present. Some of these behaviors might include drug/alcohol abuse and binge eating. Thankfully, implementing some healthy behaviors into your daily life can help reduce these symptoms.
Stress Reduction Tips
There are several mental habits that help people manage their stress. Alongside stress management therapy, stress reduction tips can go a long way.
Mindfulness can help prevent overbearing thoughts. Simply identifying your thoughts as "stressors" can allow you to start recognizing how often your mind gets sidetracked. It takes practice, but in time a person can retrain their thoughts from dominating their attention.
Listing out each stressor in order to help break down stress from a colossal wave to a shorter, easily manageable list. Oftentimes when stressors are written down they appear to be less than when they are floating around the mind.
Stop multitasking, when possible. Studies have shown that the human mind operates more efficiently and at greater ease when it focuses on one task at a time.
All of these habits can become part of a larger therapy plan that can help with chronic stress in several ways.
How Stress Management Therapy Helps
People can maintain their mental and physical health in several ways with the help of a therapist that specializes in stress management therapy. They might find that they are able to make better decisions without the influence of negative thoughts constantly bogging them down. This mental clarity gives their mind and body a chance to regenerate. Detecting stressors assists people in recognizing toxic thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to stress. Once these destructive aspects are observed, they're systematically replaced by healthier thoughts and actions.
For folks who frequently feel overwhelmed, it's easy to believe the solution will be found in avoiding stressful situations altogether. At B'Well Counseling Services, as much as we can empathize with the desire to eliminate life’s stressors entirely, we know that our effort and energy is much better invested in learning how to healthfully respond to the stress that does show up.
If you are in search for mental health therapists in Towson, or the surrounding areas, to help support you with stress management, B'Well Counseling Services can help. Our mental health therapists specialize in stress management therapy, as well as other focus areas such as anxiety and depression, gender affirmative therapy, life transitions therapy, and more. To request an appointment with a therapist, get in touch with B'Well Counseling Services today.
B'Well Counseling Services
B'Well Counseling Services is a mental health therapy practice in Baltimore, serving the Greater Baltimore area. We believe in helping people rekindle their curiosity and reconnect to their core selves so that they can truly be well. We value wellness and connection over happiness because we understand that being able to experience the full range of human emotions and experiences is what helps us heal and grow. At B'Well, we are dedicated to creating a space for anyone who has ever felt unwelcome because of their identity, orientation, or expression.