Stress Management Treatment
Everyone gets stressed out. Our lives are busy, and stress can come from a variety of places—school, work, family, extra-curricular activities and our social lives. Short-term stress can often help us focus and get things done under pressure, but chronic stress can take its toll on our mental and physical health.
Stress is our bodies’ way of coping with something threatening—a real or perceived danger can set off a stress response. In real emergencies, this stress response can help us stay alert and ready to react, which is helpful, but being in this high-alert state on a regular basis can lead to burnout, fatigue, and a lower quality of life.
Even if you have been living with chronic or severe stress, Stress Management Training can help you learn to stay emotionally steady and in control even when you are faced with challenging or dangerous situations.
Therapy to help with stress management
There are many different types of therapy approaches to help with stress management. Below are some excellent approaches that can provide you with comfort and help you regain a sense of control.
After you learn some mindfulness skills, you will be able to stay focused more in the present so you don’t get pulled into future worries or past regrets. You will be able to notice your thoughts and feelings without getting too caught up in them. You will be able to calm your mind and body. At our Clinic you can learn mindfulness skills by joining an MBCT group or by attending individual therapy sessions.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is also effective for stress management. This type of therapy will help you challenge the thinking patterns and behavioural responses that aren’t serving you well and replace them with more logical responses to life stressors. When we are able to revise stressful thoughts like “I’m not good enough” or “I won’t be able to finish all my work” and how we react to these, we can avoid experiencing a stress response to challenging situations.
Other therapy approaches can also be effective for managing stress, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which helps us accept the things in life we cannot change and commit to actions and behaviours that will directly improve the challenges we face. Psychoanalytic therapy can help us gain deeper insight into our unconscious motivations, including our responses to stressful experiences. Relaxation techniques and visualizations taught by a trained psychotherapist can also reduce our stress.
If you are having trouble coping with chronic stress, we can help.
Please get in touch with us and we will find you a therapist with an approach that works for you, so that you can live life feeling more at peace and relaxed.