|Stress occurs when the demands on us exceed our personal and social resources. A certain amount of stress can be helpful in motivating us and keeping us challenged. However, after a period of extreme stress, we may find ourselves unable to cope.
Many circumstances can trigger stress, including biological (such as being ill), psychosocial (such as strain in a relationship or a hard work environment), or personality factors (such as being a perfectionist).
Stress is experienced differently, and noticed to different degrees, by everyone. Some experience physiological responses, such as a dry mouth, sweating, or upset stomach. Others may notice psychological signs, such as a difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts, or depression. Many experience behavioral symptoms, such as increased smoking, relationship problems, or isolating. Everyone handles stress in different ways.
Counselling can assist with stress management by helping us learn to slow down, become more mindful of the present and our needs, create self-care strategies, and to take our life back from overwhelming stress.
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