Stress is not necessarily bad for you. Mild forms of stress can act as a motivator and energizer, giving us the adrenaline we need to meet deadlines, complete tasks that are of low interest, or even address conflict in a relationship. However, long-term, chronic or persistent stress can take its toll on a person. If you are stressed, you may experience a change in your sleeping and eating patterns, headaches, susceptibility to illness, irritability, moodiness or even depression. Stress is also a personal experience. What causes stress in one person may not cause stress in another.
Stressful Life Events
Both positive (a job promotion) and negative (a job loss) events can be stressful. However, major life changes are the greatest contributors to stress for most people. They place the greatest demand on your coping resources.
- Death of a loved one
- Being fired from a job
- Birth of a child
- New job
- Getting married
Strategies to Manage Stress
There are steps you can take to manage your stress such as:
- Regular exercise
- Eating healthy
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Learning some simple relaxation techniques
- Reinforcing positive self-statements
- Learning to use your time wisely
- Setting realistic goals
When to Seek Help
A common scenario is that a person is managing a great deal of stress and one more stressful event puts them on overload. When people experience a change in their life and find it difficult to manage daily life functions, it is called an adjustment disorder. Adjustment disorders are accompanied by anxiety and or mild depressive symptoms. With proper intervention, these are temporary states that can be quickly resolved. Left to linger, they have the potential to become more severe. That is why seeking help makes sense. At New Perspective Counseling, our team of therapists will work with you to navigate through these adjustment periods in a healthy manner. This may include making changes to your life or to your reactions and responses to events. You will develop skills to help you ease the tension in your life and allow you to function in this demanding world.