When things are just too much.
Stress can help us meet daily challenges, improve motivation to meet goals, and facilitate personal growth under the right conditions. However, “Bad Stress” is the kind that leaves you feeling completely exhausted and can be harmful to your physical health and mental wellbeing.
This kind of stress can be short term (acute) or long term (chronic), and can manifest based upon many situational factors, such as:
The difference between “good” and “bad” stress is your reaction and feelings regarding the experience, and a good question to ask yourself is: is my stress helping me to become better, or is it harming me mentally, physically and emotionally?
Stress can affect people differently. With chronic stress, an individual can experience many negative symptoms, including insomnia, reduced levels of personal and professional performance, and numerous physical and mental conditions that can be affected by many situational factors.
An individual may experience negative physical health consequences, engage in “non-optimal” coping strategies, such as over eating or drinking.
Oftentimes, stress does not occur alone: it may be accompanied by:
Stress management includes a wide variety of tools, skills and techniques aimed at controlling and reducing a person’s level of stress, including chronic stress. It may involve altering behavioural patterns and improvement and implementation of regular self care practices for the purpose improving everyday functioning and overall happiness.
At Mission Hill Psychology, we will work with you to determine how to help you alleviate as much of your stress as possible and hope how to help you cope with the inevitable stress in life.
Learning your relationship patterns with stress and how it has changed over your life will provide our path forward in stress management.
We will find a date and time that fits your schedule – and we will keep sessions consistent and predictable, or flexible to fit your schedule.
We will focus our time on what is most important – YOU are the driver of therapy and change!.