Stress is a necessary signal from the body to alert us to a challenge. However, when it is excessive in intensity or duration, it can overload the bodies’ ability to cope.
In today’s world, many people are burdened by ongoing situations in their professional or personal lives that continually trigger stress, which can then lead to chronic physical and/or mental health problems.
Signs Of Stress and Effects On The Body
Excessive stress is often identified through the following symptoms:
- headaches, muscle tension, joint pain, diarrhoea
- sleep disturbances and fatigue
- weakened immune system
- high blood pressure
- changes in libido
- depression, anger outbursts, irritability, anxiety and worry
- feeling out of control, overwhelmed, tearful, and moody
- trouble concentrating
- lack of confidence and low self esteem
- undereating or overeating
- relationship difficulties
- substance abuse
How we support you
Stress can be triggered by a variety of events and sometimes it can be hard to take a step back and look at your life in an objective way. If you find you’re overwhelmed by your stress response and struggling to calm yourself, then stress counselling can help. Our approach is to help you identify your triggers and assist you to find techniques and solutions to reduce their prevalence and impact. While it can take time to fully overcome what is causing your stress, brief counselling interventions can be effective and provide relief.