Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more that you are used to. When you are stressed your body responds as though you are in danger. Some stress is normal and even useful. But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can weaken your immune system. It can make you moody, tense or depressed. Your relationships may suffer and you may not do well at work or school.

How can you avoid stress? You might try some of these ideas:

  • Learn better ways to handle your time. Make a schedule. Think about which tasks are most important and do those first.
  • Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. Eat well. Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Try out new ways of thinking. When you find yourself starting to worry, be aware of your thoughts. Work on letting go of things you cannot change. Learn how to say no.
  • Speak up. Talk about your needs. Assertive communication can help you express how you feel in a thoughtful and tactful way.
  • Ask for help. Sometimes stress is just too much to handle alone. You may want to see a counselor to learn better coping techniques such as exercise, meditation, listening to relaxing music, getting involved in an enjoyable activity or hobby.
  • Also learn ways to relax your body. This can include breathing exercises, muscle relaxation exercises, yoga, tai chi, etc.

As a therapist, I will provide you with the personalized attention you need to better deal with your stress issues. Together we will examine the areas of your life that are causing stress and develop an action plan with proven strategies and techniques.

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