Stress is the body’s response to a real or perceived threat to get people ready for some kind of action to get them out of danger. However most of the threats we face today aren’t things we can fight or run away from. These threats are usually problems that we have to work through.
Stress can be a good thing when it motivates us to focus on a task or take action and solve a problem. In this situation, stress is manageable and even helpful.
When stress is unhelpful, people may feel overwhelmed or feel like they can’t possibly fix the problem. In these cases, some people avoid dealing with the original problem altogether, which may make the problem—and stress—worse.
Stress is a reaction to a situation—it isn’t about the actual situation. We usually feel stressed when we think that the demands of the situation are greater than our resources to deal with that situation.
Taking action is the first step. Ignoring the effects of stress can lead to other mental health problems.
Perspectives Counselling & Psychological Services can help you learn ways to manage stress and its effects. We are here to help.
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At Perspectives Counselling & Psychological Services, we believe the most effective mechanisms for change are through education, the therapeutic relationship and hope.
The entire therapeutic process is an educational experience. Individuals learn their own contribution to the present situation, enabling them to recognize their own power and ability to produce change.
Change is contagious and once adaptive behaviors are identified, labeled and positively reinforced, they can often trigger more change.
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