Stress, everybody experiences it. In today’s society it is a part of our daily lives. Think of deadlines for example. Stress can be positive as well as negative and everybody experiences stress in a different way. Stress helps you to perform in your daily life. On the other hand, too much stress can cause mental and physical well-being problems. Resulting in problems in your daily life.
If you feel or experience any of the symptoms below you might want to seek help:
- Anxiety and panic
- Feeling overwhelmed
- ‘Losing grip on life’
- Drinking, smoking, or eating too much
- Taking out your stress on others
- Feeling confused/dizzy
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Mood swings
Counseling can help you dealing with stress in a healthy way. It all starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This is not easy because the stress sources might not be that obvious. Also it is important to take into account your behavioural patterns towards stress.
Last year I guided a student who was experiencing lots of stress regarding her studies. She was in her final year of her studies and had to deal with stress regarding her dissertation. During the sessions she described that she felt overwhelmed by everything she had to do regarding her studies as well as in her personal, work, and exercise. All together it became too much for her to handle. I was able to help her prioritize and gave her practical tips including her exercise. Resulting in temporary cutting back her hours at work so she was able to finish her studies. After she finished her studies she was able to fully concentrate on her work and personal life without extra stress.
Don’t wait when you experience stress because this is not good for your physical and mental well-being. Start dealing with stress before it becomes worse. Stress not only affects you but also the people around you. If you are looking to deal with your stress in a constructive way, please find a professional you feel at ease to talk to.