Stress Management Support

Stress is a perfectly normal reactions from time-to-time. However, if you find that your stress is more than just a momentary reaction, you may want to speak with someone who can help you manage it.

You may need help managing your stress if:

  • You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life
  • You find it hard to focus
  • You feel like you might be missing out on things
  • You have troubles sleeping at night
  • You find yourself worrying more than normal
  • You feel like there’s never enough time in your day
  • You find yourself being more irritable than normal
  • You get unexplained headaches often
  • The muscles in your neck, jaw and shoulders are often sore and tight
  • You find your heart racing from time-to-time for no reason
  • You have unexplained stomach aches
  • You have odd dreams or nightmares
  • You sweat more than normal

Types of stress we can help you manage:

    • Acute stress – The most common type of stress, this stress is caused by something specific that is time limited. Often, acute stress is your body/brain’s way of showing you you care about or are excited for a new challenge, event or task. Examples of acute stress are the butterflies you get just before that big presentation at work, or the racing heart you get going on a roller coaster.

 

    • Episodic acute stress – Episodic acute stress is what happens when you find yourself experiencing acute stress nearly all the time in certain situations or due to a major life event. This is common for people who consistently seem to be experiencing some sort of major problem. People suffering from episodic acute stress tend to get sick more often, have trouble sleeping and tend to be more irritable.  Examples of episodic acute stress include onging strain at work, or adding intensive care for a loved one recovering from an illness.

 

  • Chronic stress – When episodic acute stress isn’t resolved it can become chronic stress. Whatever is causing your stress may not be resolving in the near future and may be on your mind all the time. Because chronic stress takes a significant toll on your body’s functioning, on your ability to concentrate, and on your emotional state, it often causes disruption in your relationships, your performance at work, and your enjoyment of your life. Chronic stress is often caused by, financial strain, caring for children and ageing parents at the same time, an unhappy marriage or relationship, a bad fit with your job, perfectionism, high academic expectations, and high-level athletics.

How we approach helping you better manage stress

Because we understand that everyone experiences stress differently, we approach everyone as an individual in a welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere.

By talking with a counselor about your stress, you’ll be able to uncover the root cause of it so you can pinpoint exactly where changes need to be made. Your counselor will help you set manageable, incremental goals and teach you a variety of coping techniques that will help you manage, or in some cases eliminate your stress altogether.

By meeting with your counselor at regular intervals you’ll be able to stay on track with each goal and experience success as you progress toward either completely resolving the situation causing your stress or toward better managing your response to and way of living with a situation that will not resolve quickly.

In the cases of a chronic situation, establishing a relationship with a counselor gives you someone to check in with as needed on an ongoing basis so you have support over time without having to explain things to someone new.

Stress counseling at Bluestone Psychological Services

Take the next step in managing the stress in your life.  If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, we invite you to speak with us.

For more information or a phone consultation:
Call: 425.775.4059 Text: (425) 409-9336 Email: gethelp@bluestoneps.com 

 

 

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