Stress is a normal part of everyday life. It is our body’s indication that we need to pay attention to something in our environment. By itself, stress is necessary.When stress becomes too much to handle – when stress overloads our ability to cope and function normally – it becomes a problem that can create even more mental and physical health problems down the road.
Learning how to cope with the stress symptoms can help create positive, life-altering change. Learn how counselling in Toronto, coupled with psychotherapy treatments, can help you combat and overcome symptoms of stress in your life.
What does it mean to be “stressed”?
Too much stress can impact you cognitively, emotionally, physically, and behaviourally. Common symptoms of stress that indicate counselling in Toronto could be helpful include:
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- Physical discomfort
- Constant worrying
- Negative outlook
- Shifting moods
- Loss of appetite (or excessive appetite)
- Not sleeping enough or sleeping too much
- Loss of productivity
- Increased drinking or smoking
- Problems with your memory
- Lethargy and apathy
Everyone experiences and responds to symptoms of stress differently. Consult with Cristina to see if counselling in Toronto would be beneficial to you.
How to Manage Stress
Cristina can help you find ways to manage stress and alleviate symptoms of stress in your life so you can become happier and more productive.
As a result of counselling in Toronto with Cristina, you can identify key sources of stress, examine how you currently handle stress (and how effective that is for you), and learn key techniques to manage stress in a healthy way.
Some stress management techniques that work for many include yoga, meditation, exercise, and other relaxation techniques. Consult with Cristina to see which techniques would be best for you.
Symptoms of stress can also be alleviated through psychotherapy treatments designed to actively alter the way you think, feel, and interpret/respond to the world around you.
These psychotherapy treatments include:
Since being too stressed is largely a function of how we think about what is happening to us, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help. By changing your thought patterns – and thus your behaviours – from negative ones to positive ones, you can handle stress instead of merely react to it.
EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that helps adapt your brain become better capable of handling distress associated with traumatic memories. Through EMDR, you can process troubling memories more effectively, reformulate negativity, and disconnect damaging responses from past and present stimuli in your environment.
Finally, MBSR can teach you how to disassociate yourself from emotional, subjective responses to events in your life by focusing on the here and now – which teaches you to stay in the present versus worrying about the future.
Through counselling in Toronto with Cristina, you can reduce symptoms of stress and live a more productive life. Contact Cristina today for your consultation – and finally get stress under control.