Anything that places a demand on your time and energy produces stress. Stress is a normal response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way.
The psychological component of stress can include worrying, racing thoughts, anticipation, fear, obsessive planning, depression and anxiety. The physical components of stress can include a racing heart, high blood pressure, sleep disturbance, fatigue, gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, concentration problems, increased expression of irritability and anger, agitation, increased likelihood for illness, and reduced productivity.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re at school or at work, or drives you to study for an exam when you’d rather be watching TV.
But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
I combine relaxation skill training, cognitive therapy techniques and other traditional psychotherapeutic techniques to assist you in managing your life more effectively, and thus reducing your stress considerably. Instead of trying to get rid of stress, it is more useful to manage it so let us try to find the best level of stress for you to keep you feeling motivated but not overwhelmed.