Stress + transitions
Being “stressed out” has almost become commonplace for us living in North America. At times stress can help you perform better and even keep you safe from danger. However, when stress becomes too much for people it can negatively impact their physical and mental health. Stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. People experience stress when they do not believe they have the resources for coping with their present circumstances or expectations. When we believe that we do not have the ability to cope with the demands placed on us we perceive stress.
Some signs of stress are:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Eating less or more
- Isolating self
- Memory problems
- Unable to concentrate
- Anxious or worried thoughts
- Short temper
- General unhappiness
- Cigarette, alcohol or drug use to relax
- Aches and pains
Our ability to manage stress will depend on our life experiences, quality of relationships, emotional intelligence and genetics. We were not meant to life a “stressed out” life. Our bodies, mind and spirit let us know when things are out of control. So it life is feeling chaotic, out of control and overwhelming there is an answer. Stress management is a way through the chaos. By becoming aware of stress from the inside out, healthier ways of managing stress can assist people in reducing the harmful effects of stress.
Throughout our life we go through many transitions. Depending on the type of transition, it can be smooth and exciting or it can be intense and stressful.
Here are the most common transitions that people struggle with:
- New Baby
- Leaving Home
- Changing Jobs
Facing a crossroad in life can be challenging and may require some extra time understanding the experience and its impact. Counselling can assist people to become aware of the challenges and emotional issues that can come alongside of transitions.