Many people don’t realize that stress can serve a positive role. When you feel stressed, the feeling alerts your brain, triggering the release of hormones. The hormones give you a burst of energy to deal with whatever causes the stress, then the hormones return to their normal levels.
However, if you often feel stressed or frequently deal with stressful circumstances, your stress hormones stay abnormally high.
Chronic stress can cause many symptoms that signal a need for stress management, including:
Without treatment, long-term stress leads to serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, a weakened immune system, thyroid disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
You can probably name several things that cause stress on a daily basis, from getting stuck in traffic jams and noisy neighbors to waking up with the flu when you have a big day planned.
However, life transitions also cause significant and long-lasting stress. A few of the top stressors include:
In many cases, you know when you feel stressed. However, daily triggers can be so frequent that they become part of your normal routine. You may not notice your ongoing stress or realize its potential impact on your health.
Stress treatment, also called stress management, relies on a variety of approaches to help you reduce or cope with your stress. Kelly designs personalized care plans to identify emotional issues associated with stress. You also learn to make daily choices that reduce your exposure to stress.
Kelly treats any co-occurring problems like depression and anxiety along with your stress, using therapies and lifestyle counseling. For example, your care plan may include:
She may also recommend alternative treatments known to diminish stress, such as yoga or therapeutic massage. Stress management protects your health by letting your brain calm down and restore hormonal balance.
If you need relief from daily stress, call Kelly Thompson, LCSW, or book an appointment online today.