Stress is part of life and coping with a certain amount can be desirable, challenging us to stretch ourselves and reach our potential. For those living and working in London’s hectic and sometimes high pressured environment there is even more stress.
However too much stress can leave us feeling constantly harried and overwhelmed and has a negative impact on health. Stress counselling explores the root causes and finds ways to manage the triggers to your stress response.
What causes stress, why am I stressed when others aren’t?
Stress is, in itself, not an emotion but a response to physical or mental triggers. The triggers to stress are entirely personal to each individual. What one person views as a ‘stressful’ situation or scenario another might consider challenging or even fun. In stress management therapy we will explore why the situation or scenario triggers the stress or anxiety reaction within you.
The health impact of coping with too much stress
The result of not managing stress or feeling that we have too much stress in our lives can be have an impact on both our physical and mental health.
Common symptoms of too much stress are:
- disrupted sleep or insomnia
- upset digestion and bowel habits
- physical symptoms such as palpitations, twitching muscles and sweating profusely
- irritability, anxiety, depression
What sort of counselling can help with stress?
In counselling for stress a therapist will address the causes and work with you to develop skills in managing your time, energy, thoughts and emotions to reduce stress. Some therapists will work on identifying the triggers and discussing with you the reasons that the situation is stressful, other therapists might employ techniques to help you to minimise your response to the situation.
Two effective forms of stress therapy are:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for stress, which helps you understand your thought patterns, recognise your trigger points and identify positive actions you can take.
- Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), which combines mindfulness, meditation and yoga with a particular focus on reducing stress.
Stress Counselling in London
To find an experienced therapist who offers counselling for stress and help cope with feelings of being overwhelmed take a look at our therapists who work from City Therapy Rooms London.
Helpful resources and articles on understanding stress and managing it
This website has some very useful articles that clearly explain many mental health issues. Here they offer advice on stress symptoms and signs that you may be under too much stress
Stress symptoms, signs & causes
The BBC have created this video that gives you some useful tools to manage your stress.
This video created by Sharon Horesh Bergquist for TEDed explains how stress effects the body