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Freedom from Stress with Therapy and Counselling

What is ‘stress’ really, and how do we know when we are experiencing it?

Stress is a mental and physical reaction to any event or interaction which challenges our capacity to cope. In small amounts, stress is both tolerable and even positive, motivating us to make due effort in the situation. Prolonged or intense stress however, impacts on our personal and professional relationships, reducing our overall work performance and can lead to anxiety and/or depression.

In today’s often hectic environment, many of us are already aware of how we react to our stress, perhaps even acutely so. However, there are a number of physical and psychological signals we might not usually associate with feeling stressed:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Tension and tight muscles
  • Loss of libido
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased appetite
  • Digestion problems and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Increase heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Sweaty palms
  • Rashes and skin disorders, such as eczema
  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
Psychological Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Tearfulness
  • A feeling of hopelessness
  • Crying
  • Getting into fights with a partner

How can stress management counselling help me?

At Fresh Mind Therapy, we can help you to identify and address the key causes of your stress as well as giving you the tools to effectively manage daily stressful situations. In your counselling sessions we will help you to:

  • Evaluate the thoughts, feelings and behaviours related to your stress
  • Improve your self-understanding and learn to identify stressors, past and present
  • Develop coping strategies unique to your needs
  • Develop effective long-term stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness, appropriate breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

Why am I feeling stressed?

Stress is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK. According to recent findings, 40 million of us admit to suffering from stress and anxiety. In fact, today just 17% of Brits claim they are not experiencing some kind of worry (http://www.mind.org.uk/mental_health_a-z/8045_how_to_manage_stress)

Here in London, our top five concerns are:

  1. Money (40%)
  2. Problems with friends and family members (25%)
  3. Health concerns (24%)
  4. Stress at work (22%)
  5. Job security or employment (21%)

What can I do today to reduce stress?

Start easing the strain by taking these steps:

  1. Make your work environment physically comfortable as far as you can
  2. Ask for help – increase your support network in the office
  3. Increase your communication and be assertive about your needs
  4. Take regular breaks and walk about or get some fresh air during the day
  5. Eat well and often
  6. Improve or introduce stress management practises into your routine e.g. meditation,
  7. yoga or walking
  8. Work regular hours as far as you can and take the breaks and holidays you’re entitled to
  9. Make time for personal relationships outside of work

If stress is wearing you down, get in touch with us now for help