Life can get very difficult for us at times. Work, family and play all impact on the way we function. Stress can make it difficult for us to make decisions, to concentrate, and it can affect our health, relationships and our work performance.
Reactions to stress are a normal part of life. Feeling stressed can result from a single incident of a severe magnitude or an accumulation of smaller magnitude stressful events. This may sound strange but stress is a functional emotion that, in small doses, can energise and motivate us to get things done. The thing is, everyone experiences stressful situations differently. It is our perception of what we can or can’t deal with that causes us to feel stressed. People typically experience stress when there is a need for change in their life or they believe the situation is too much for them to cope with.
Typical signs of stress include:
Headaches, dizziness, muscle tension, indigestion, fatigue, aches and pain, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing and hyper vigilance (biological response to stress causing your senses to go on high alert for danger).
Anger, fear, sadness and loss of interest in pleasurable activities, mood swings.
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions, forgetfulness, and negative thinking.
What we do know is that there are right and wrong ways of dealing with your stress. The difficulty with excessive exposure to stressful situations is that your risk of developing an anxiety/depressive disorder is increased.
Dr Crawford & Associates can help you identify right and wrong coping strategies you’ve used while attempting to manage your stress. We help you to develop “immunity” to stressful events so that you are better able to cope with how you think, feel and react to them not only now but also in the future.
Typical number of sessions required
Up to six sessions will get you back on track if you haven’t left it too long to seek help.