If you have been experiencing stress lately and it feels like it’s just a bit too much to deal with, then this post is for you. I will discuss what stress therapy is and what techniques may be best for you.
An overview of stress
The emotional or mental strain that you undergo as a result of difficult or tiresome circumstances is what you experience as stress. Your brain and body’s natural reaction to stress is what keeps you safe and alert, but too much of it can cause you more harm than good. Constant worrying, or heightened stress levels means that there is a higher chance of some serious mental and physical health issues, such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure and more.
Some symptoms include (but are not limited to):
- tension in various parts of your body
- migraines/headaches/other body aches and pains
- drastic changes in appetite (either eating too much or too little)
- mood swings and irritability
- substance abuse
- inability to concentrate or perform tasks.
If you are experiencing any or all of the above you may want to consider stress therapy before it gets out of hand. If it is already at that point, then all the more reason to start stress therapy as quickly as possible.
Stress therapy explained
Stress therapy is about understanding and managing your stress levels. During stress therapy you discover ways and techniques of coping with your stress so that you can lead a happy, balanced and healthy life.
Managing your stress levels might seem like an obvious thing to do, but the sad reality is that many people do not know how to do this effectively and end up burnt out from their stress. Managing stress is not really something we are taught in school, but rather it is something we learn to deal with on the go as we go through life. However, I think that having this life skill of knowing how to manage stress is a vital one to have. If we do not know how to manage stress, it becomes difficult to cope with, and it can sometimes be very difficult to understand when it is actually happening to you.
I have been in many stressful situations, and I did realize that my stress was making me ill. The problem was that I didn’t know how to effectively manage my stress until it was too late and I was hospitalized. Many people face the same or similar situations, but it does not have to end up this way for you.
You can learn to start managing your stress early on through stress therapy before you become seriously ill or worse.
If you want to better manage your life and your stress, different types of stress therapies are at your disposal if you would take the time to practice and make use of it.
Types of stress therapy
Let me share some types of stress therapy that may help you manage your stress more effectively.
As someone who has needed professional help with regard to managing stress, I can say that the best method that worked for me was cognitive behavioral therapy (or CBT). CBT is one of the most beneficial and effective ways to deal with stress and you can use it throughout your lifetime. The way CBT works is that you are taught and learn to recognize your thought patterns. You not only recognize these patterns, but also learn to change negative thought patterns into a more helpful and positive thought pattern. You learn to apply different tools and techniques to improve your negative self-talk into more positive thoughts. As a result this helps to relieve the build up of stress by being less harsh on yourself. Sometimes we tend to put unnecessary pressure on ourselves without even realizing it. Through CBT we can come to realize these actions and reassure ourselves that it’s OK to reduce some burdens, without feeling or seeing yourself as a failure.
Another type of stress therapy is that of psychotherapy. Sometimes we need the guidance of a professional who can help us discover the underlying causes of our stress. Psychologists, psychiatrists, or other mental health professionals can help us through this process. During psychotherapy, you learn strategies to improve your overall quality of life by working closely with your therapist. They are trained to determine what treatment and techniques would best suit you and benefit you most. Sometimes simply talking to someone (other than your family, friends, co-workers, or acquaintances) is what you really need to understand and manage your stress. These professionals are there to listen, and to help you with life’s little (and big) problems.
Other substitute therapies involve various activities to relieve stress. These may be a little less traditional to the two types mentioned above, but they are daily practices that you can do that really help reduce stress. Some substitute therapies you could do on your own include activities such as yoga, meditation, or exercise. With some help from others, you could get some acupuncture done, go for a massage, or look to a social support group. Relaxation training and controlled breathing techniques also effectively reduces stress, tension and anxiety. I have also found that mindfulness, art therapy, aromatherapy and eco-therapy are really helpful to bring you some relaxation and peace of mind.
Finding your fit to relieve stress
As you can see from the above, some of these ways you can practice on your own, but other techniques you may need some help with. Then, why is it important to seek therapy for stress?
A lot of us might think that stress is just part of our every day life, and that we should all be able to cope with it on our own (I was one to think this way). However, sometimes people may need more assistance and guidance in the right direction on how to deal with and manage stress. Trained professionals are there to help you through, and there is absolutely no shame in admitting that you need some guidance. For a long time I felt like I would seem weak, and people might think I was being silly in the things that caused me stress, and this made it difficult for me to seek help. However, bottling it all up is what caused me to fall into a pit, and I was left with no other choice than to get help before my life was completely ruined.
Practicing and using stress therapy helps you deal with even the tiniest of stresses which prevents them from getting any bigger and causing serious problems. It’s important to know these techniques, and what types of therapies are available to you, even if you think you have your stress under control. It might just happen that suddenly you wake up one day overloaded and you don’t know what to do. That’s where stress therapy will come in handy.
I would encourage you to try out these different types of stress therapies and see which suits you best to relieve stress. Try out some do-it-yourself techniques first, perhaps it will be sufficient and you won’t need the help of a professional. However, if you have tried these techniques at home, but still feel overwhelmed, please do not delay in seeking some professional help. You will be grateful to have received the guidance you needed to live the best life you can.
If you have any further questions or helpful suggestions please leave them below in the comments section.