The stress response is an essential human function and a very normal part of life: it helps people deal with threats, take action in pressured circumstances and feel both physically and mentally energised. However, if experienced too often or with too great an intensity for prolonged periods, stress can also become an issue for people with negative physical and psychological consequences. Psychologically, stress can cause or exacerbate mental health issues, and inversely, mental health issues can cause or exacerbate stress. Common feelings associated with stress include:
- Irritability or aggression.
- Feeling over-burdened
- Feeling physically or mentally drained
- Anxiety, fear or nervousness
- Inability to enjoy oneself
- Lack of interest in daily activities
We all know what stress feels like, however it can be difficult to locate what exactly stress is, whether it is caused by external pressures, or is an internal reaction being triggered because we are struggling to cope with external pressures. Generally speaking it is a combination of the two, and we can manage our stress better by both working to reduce our external pressures – for example securing time off work – and developing our internal emotional resilience by attending to our psychological wellbeing.
The therapeutic process can therefore help people reduce their stress levels by providing a space in which people can think reflectively about their personal worlds and can work to address any underlying issues that may be causing them to feel so worked up.
If your high stress levels are causing you problems in your life and relationships, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Portland Practice in Harley Street, London to arrange a consultation with one of our therapists who specialise in stress management.
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