How therapy can assist in your recovery
It’s true that stress effects us all sometimes, so getting help with chronic stress of ourselves, friend or a family member can seem like such a big step. However, it doesn’t need to be a frightening prospect.
The centres we work with across the uk have highly qualified teams have many years of experience in helping people with all kinds of stress and mental health issues.
We have compiled this guide to help you to understand how and why stress effects people in the way it does, and how the centres we work with help people by providing support and stress rehabilitation for people experiencing stress related problems.
What is stress?
Simply put, stress is ta reaction to a difficult circumstance, which causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties. When you are stressed, you might notice that your heart pounds, your muscles tense, and you start the sweat. This is known as the fight or flight response.
Once the threat or difficulty passes, the physical effects usually fade, however if you are always stressed, your body remains in this state of high alert, and you might develop stress related symptoms.
Am I stressed? How you may feel when stressed.
- Irritable and wound up
- Anxious or fearful
- Lacking in self-esteem
You could experience
- Racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Problems in making decisions
Physical symptoms can include the like of
- Headaches, muscle tension, or pain
- Sleep problems
- Feeling lethargic and tired at all times
- Eating too much or too little
- How you might react
- Drinking or smoking more to cope with stress
- Snapping at people
- Avoiding things or people you are having problems with.
Stress is quite often caused by big life changes, even nice events like having a baby, or planning for a wedding. Stress is often associated with feeling like you aren’t in control of events in your life. If you lose your job or experience relationship breakdown.
Stress can be related to work, family housing or personal issues.
It might be easier to say rather than to do it, but facing up to stressful situations and taking active steps in deal with them is very often so much better than avoiding problems.
Where its not possible to change a stressful situation, ti could be much better to accept the situation, and redirect energies elsewhere.
Risks of stress
- Many short term and long term health issues can rise relating to chronic stress, some of which include
- Mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety and personality disorders.
- Cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
- obestiy and other eating disorders
- Skin and hair problems like psoriasis, eczema, and hair-loss
Substance misuse conditions where people can turn to alcohol or drugs to relieve the stress.
Getting help for stress
Effective treatment for these stress related problems can help people who are experiencing stress combat the problem effectively and take back control of their lives
You cannot always prevent the stress, but there are however fantastic way you can manage stress better. Time management techniques, breathing exercises, mindfulness and relaxation can all be fantastic therapies.
You also need to conducer that sharing problems with family and friends help you to build an amazing support network around you. It great to explore activities and interests, taking regular exercise and making sure that you are getting enough sleep
If you are concerned about stress or that a friend or family member, a great first step is to visit your gp who can set you up with the information on the options you have moving forwards.
You can overcome circumstances which may have led you to develop chronic stress. These can include self-help groups’ nd talking therapies, such as congitive behavioural therapy.
You could be offered medication to help with related symptoms, such as a sleep problem or being drawn to substance abuse as a method for coping. Dedicated support around the absue of drugs and alcohol, as well as general stress issues we can help you to address all aspects of life to develop a toolbox of resources and skills.
With experts on hand to advise you, we are well placed to assist you right now.
Give The Recovery Trust a call today.