Is Overwhelming Stress Impacting Your Personal Life, Career And Relationships?
Are you struggling to manage daily stress at home or in the workplace? Have you recently gone through a major life event, such as a separation or divorce, career change, relocation or death in the family? Is the weight of daily stresses making it hard to keep up with personal and professional responsibilities? You may deal with unrealistic job expectations or difficult coworkers that leave you feeling physically and mentally exhausted. Or, you might be trying to manage increased stress at home, perhaps adjusting to a new member of the family or disagreeing with your partner about parenting decisions. Do you always think about what you should or should not have done but feel helpless to manage stress and take control of your situation? Do you wish you could go back to a time when you felt calm, relaxed and happy?
Many Individuals Struggle With How To Manage Stress
Nearly one in four Canadians reports finding most days “quite a bit” or “extremely stressful” according to the Canadian Community Health Survey. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to an individual’s level of stress, including physical health, relationships and career. 62 percent of highly stressed workers identify work as their main source of stress. Many individuals believe that they must learn how to manage stress on their own and that asking for guidance or support is a sign of weakness. As a result, stress can often go untreated and can represent a threat to mental and physical health as well as a barrier to individual happiness. Excessive stress can lead to anxiety or depression and has been linked to serious health conditions, such as infectious disease, cardiovascular problems, colorectal cancer and increased risk of heart attack.
But you don’t have to let stress control your life. Learning stress management techniques in therapy can help you learn how to manage stress so you can respond to challenges and feel strong, confident and balanced again.
Stress Management Therapy Can Help You Manage And Reduce Stress
You may feel like you should be able to manage stress on your own, but everyone needs a little guidance or support sometimes. I provide a safe space and compassionate, impartial counselling so that you can feel comfortable discussing the difficult emotions and stressors you are facing. With stress management therapy, you can learn how to identify and respond to distressing situations and emotions, whether they arise at work or at home, so you can feel calmer and more in control of your life.
I recognize that no two individuals experience stress in the same way, and I tailor our sessions to your particular challenges, needs and personality. I use an integrative and holistic approach to help you learn how to manage stress, as it impacts all aspects of your life – mind, body and spirit. By utilizing different theories and techniques – such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Meditation, guided imagery and role-playing – I can help you develop the resources and skills you need to manage unhelpful thoughts and finally find relief.
In our sessions, you can learn new, healthy strategies to cope with stress. Instead of trying to avoid or counteract stress by withdrawing, acting out in anger or turning to alcohol or drugs, you can learn how to use exercise and relaxation techniques, such as meditation and breathing exercises, to adapt to the stressors in your life. By reframing your problems and looking at your situation from a bigger perspective, you can recognize when stressors have no long-term impact on your wellbeing so that you feel empowered to let them go.
For years I have been helping individuals and couples in Toronto learn how to manage stress in their lives and relationships. Achieving meaningful and lasting change can take time and energy, but I have seen how effective stress management therapy can be in helping you cope with the difficult situations and emotions that are making you feel exhausted, stuck or overwhelmed. With the right support, you can feel more balanced, calm and confident in your life.
But, you may still have questions or concerns about counselling for how to manage stress…
I’m scared if I change my routine I won’t be able to cope as well as I have been.
Many coping mechanisms help manage the symptoms of stress, but – like a bandage – they don’t address the reason why you are in pain. In our work together, you will learn new, healthy ways to relieve stress and develop strategies to address your challenges at their core. Instead of avoiding or withdrawing from stressful situations, for example, you can use mindfulness meditation and other strategies to adapt to your circumstances.
I’m worried people will think I’m crazy if they find out I’m seeing a therapist.
While therapy can be used to help individuals address serious mental illnesses, it can also serve as a resource to protect and strengthen your overall, long-term mental health. I offer a confidential space and non-judgmental support where you can feel safe exploring how stress is impacting your life.
I’m not sure I can afford stress management therapy.
It is true that therapy does require a commitment of time, energy and money. But, consider the potential costs you may face and opportunities you may miss if you don’t address your challenges now. In addition to impacting work performance or limiting earning potential, extreme stress could lead to relationship conflict or serious and expensive health conditions. By seeking therapy and learning how to better manage your stress, you can make an investment in your long-term happiness and well-being.
You Can Live With Less Stress
If you are ready to learn how to manage stress, or if you have additional questions about stress management therapy, I encourage you to call (647) 930-8448 to schedule a complementary 15-minute phone consultation.