Why do I need Stress Management?
Stress Management allows us healthy coping with the uncomfortable aspects of any emotional stress. Everyone experiences stress on an almost daily basis, and at times stress can be a healthy motivator to work harder or be more vigilant. Stress can result from both positive – such as a job promotion or wedding engagement – or negative triggers – such as job termination or divorce. Symptoms of distress include: mood changes; physiological symptoms (increased heart rate, sweating, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, headaches, muscle tension, etc.); and negativistic or catastrophic thinking. Poor stress Management can increase the risk of medical problems such as: asthma; diabetes; high cholesterol; heart disease; high blood pressure and more.
Without proper Stress Management, we may experience prolonged periods of distress causing additional mental health problems, and also may engage in unhealthy coping mechanisms which cause us further harm.
How do I increase healthy Stress Management?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely accepted treatment form to increase healthy stress management. Cognitive Therapy address unhealthy thinking styles which may prolong or exacerbate the experience of distress, and behavioral therapy promotes the development of healthy and positive coping behaviors to decrease the duration and intensity of distress and to increase self-confidence in the ability to cope with stressful situations.