We all deal with stress from time to time, and while sometimes a small amount of stress can actually motivate us, much prolonged stress can be damaging to both our physical and mental health and managing our stress can be complicated and time consuming. It is often challenging to understand what the root of our stress is, and also overcoming or dealing with stress and stressful situations. Stress really depends on the individual and is so different for each person. What may cause stress for one person, may not be as stressful for another, and vice-versa. Most stressful situations are associated with a lack of control in a situation or a change, sometimes a positive change can still feel stressful, such as getting married, or having a baby. These are generally supposed to be happy times during someone’s life, however they are huge changes and much planning and organization normally goes into these new life events which may seem overwhelming and stressful. Other types of stress can be categorized into financial, mental, emotional, physical, social/ relationship and traumatic stress. If people are unsure how to cope with their stress, often bad habits begin to form, such as using alcohol, drugs, smoking or restricting or overeating food to seek comfort. Additionally, stress can emotionally affect us, leaving us feeling anxious, agitated, overwhelmed, frustrated or angry. Often many individuals will begin to isolate, avoid people or social situations, develop a lowered self-esteem, and lack of confidence. What many people do not know, is that stress can not only affect us emotionally, however physically we can begin to see it, from weight gain/loss, sweating excessively, difficulty sleeping, and experiencing pain that is not from an injury or physical activity. Too much stress can cause serious health issues if not managed properly.
Why seeking a counsellor can be helpful? – Well, we all fall victim to talking our friends or families ear off and ranting to them about what is going on in our life on a regular basis, however many keep it on the outside layer, and do not divulge into the feelings, emotions or how they are actually coping with these stressful situations. Why? Well embarrassment, judgement, shame, and ego can stand in the way. It is challenging to be vulnerable, especially to someone who is so close to you. Seems weird, I know. But think of a struggle you have dealt with and if you talked to a friend or relative about how you were truly coping with it? Were you able to be open and honest? Maybe yes, maybe no. Talking with a counsellor, may seem intimidating, and is a scary thought for many out there, however it could be the best decision you make. Sometimes It’s easier to talk to a stranger than to friends or relatives, and a counsellor gives you the time to talk, cry, think, and be open and honest about your issues in a non-judgmental atmosphere. It’s an opportunity to look at your situation in a different way. Talking with a professional about the difficulties you’re experiencing can help you understand any underlying issues or patterns in your life that may be causing your stress and identify your personal stress triggers and ways of coping and dealing with them.
A few tips to help manage your stress;
- Keep a journal
- Balanced diet & eliminate processed foods
- Regular exercise & hydration
- Connect yourself socially – surround yourself with positive engagement
- Devote 30 minutes a day to meditation and/or “me time“
Put yourself first! There is only one you and we all deserve to shine!
If you need any support, do not hesitate to reach out to Blue Lights Wellness via firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 04 243 2930.
With love & health,