All of us experience periods of stress in our lives and in small doses or over short periods, stress is not necessarily a bad thing. At lower levels, stress can even give us a boost in focus and energy to get through the tasks in front of us. But when stress becomes chronic and persistent it can quickly become overwhelming and unproductive.
Severe or chronic stress can have significant impacts in our work and personal lives. It can impact relationships, our interactions with others and can also have serious physical symptoms.
Learning to manage stress will help to bring it back to productive and safe levels and allow you to lead a happier and healthier life.
Symptoms of Stress
Stress can present in both physical and emotional symptoms. Some of these are:
- Feeling lonely and isolated
- Sense of worthlessness
- Feeling of being overwhelmed
- Depression, anxiety and persistent unhappiness
- Persistent headaches
- Elevated blood pressure
- Vulnerable immune system
Counselling and Therapeutic Approach
A mindfulness based approach as well as CBT type techniques could be beneficial in the treatment of stress. When you come to Eucalyptus Psychology, you will work with your psychologist to plan the most effective and suitable treatment pathway for you.