Stress is not necessarily bad for you. Mild forms of stress can act as a motivator and energizer. However, long term, chronic or persistent stress can take its toll on a person. If you are stressed you may experience a change in your sleeping and eating patterns, headaches, susceptibility to illness, irritablity, moodiness even depression. Stress is also a personal experience, what causes stress in one person may not cause stress in another.
Stressful Life Events
Both positive ( a job promotion) and negative (a job loss) events can be stressful. However, major life changes are the greatest contributors to of stress for most people. They place the greatest demand on your coping resources. Examples include:
Strategies to Manage Stress
There are steps you can take to manage your stress such as:
- Learn some simple relaxation techniques
- Reinforce positive self statements
- Learn to use your time wisely
When to Seek Help
If your stress is interfering with your ability to manage daily life functions, it is imperative that you seek help. I will work with you to minimize your stress response. This may include making changes to your life or to your reactions and responses to events. You will develop skills to help you ease the tension in your life and allow you to function in this demanding world.
Relief from anxiety, stress and depression
Antoinette Peterson MSW, LMSW