Stress is a part of most people’s lives, but how much stress is too much? Excessive stress can lead to problems with sleep, loss or gain of weight, decreased productivity, as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression. Both positive and negative events in our lives can lead to stress. As examples of positive stress, getting married or having a baby may feel like a very positive experience, but these events also bring up a lot of demands and “what if’s” which can lead to….you guessed it, stress.
Because stress can affect the mind, body and emotions, I conduct a thorough assessment on the sources and context of your stress as well as your reaction to them. We will work together in a solution-focused manner to see if it is possible to reduce the frequency and intensity of the stressors as well as use cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness techniques to increase the ability to cope and handle tough times and issues. Stress can have a lot of collateral damage, like not going out with friends anymore or distancing oneself from family and children. To improve our relationships with ourselves and others, it is important that we develop healthy coping skills to not only cope with stress in the moment but also to learn from it in the future.