Nowadays life is filled with stress as we undergo challenges and obstacles that sometimes can seriously affect how we live and enjoy our lives. Stress can be any event that provokes a mental or emotional or physical tension. But although stress includes these events, it is how we evaluate them mentally that will make us decide to label them as stressful. Thus, stress can lead to depression or anxiety, which are just two of the many conditions that can keep us from living a healthy life.
If you are interested in helping a friend or family member who is going through a hard time and suffering from stress or feeling depressed or anxious, you are not alone. Dealing with mental stress is possible – and here is where you can take that first step.
Cristina is a psychotherapist in Toronto who specializes in helping people who are dealing with mental stress, depression or anxiety to cope with these challenges and create positive change. She believes everyone deserves to live without mental stress and that no one should take this journey alone.
Learn more about helping a friend or family member here – and take the first steps to help someone feel better and manage their stress.
How can you identify if someone is stressed?
Sometimes, not being able to manage stress and consequently having feelings of depression or anxiety can affect a person without even their family or friends knowing what is going on. It is not uncommon that the person does not even know how to ask for help.
Therefore, helping a friend or family member means knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms of someone dealing with mental stress.
Ask yourself a few questions:
- Has something serious or traumatic happened to my friend or family member?
- Have they significantly changed their behaviour recently?
- Are they complaining about chronic pain, fatigue, or discomfort?
- Have you noticed a decreased interest in being social, working, or participating in hobbies and favourite activities?
- Are these changes prolonged, i.e. more than just having a bad day or a bad week?
You can’t be expected to diagnose a problem, but answering these questions can go a long way in helping a friend or family member who is dealing with mental stress and finding the help they need from a psychotherapist in Toronto like Cristina.
How can you help someone that is dealing with mental stress?
Helping a friend or family member with their problems can be challenging. Sometimes, it feels like merely being there to talk isn’t doing enough. We often feel guilty and wish we could “do more.”
You need to be supportive, open, patient, and understanding. Try to talk with the person about what they think is the problem, or pay attention to the symptoms they report. Ask them questions without being intrusive or making them uncomfortable.
Above all, let them know that you are there to give them support and assist them in finding a professional who can help.
As a psychotherapist in Toronto, Cristina can provide your loved ones with the counselling they need to manage their stress and overcome their depression or anxiety.
If you are having doubts or suspect that someone close to you is experiencing some kind of mental stress and want to know more on the possible signs, symptoms and treatment, please visit the following pages to get more information:
- Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management Counselling
- Internet Addiction Counselling
- Online Gaming Addiction Counselling
- Online Gambling Addiction Counselling
- Cybersex Addiction & Online affairs Counselling
- Compulsive Shopping & Auction Addiction Counselling
- Expats & Multicultural Counselling
Contact me today to learn more about how I can help with mental stress management. Call for a free 15-minute consultation.