In the whirlwind of modern life, stress has become a ubiquitous companion. It seeps into our daily routines, our relationships, work/school life, and our overall well-being, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and disconnected from ourselves. While stress is a natural response to challenges and demands, it’s important to recognise when it starts to take a toll on our mental and emotional health, as that generally seeps into our physical health in time.
Stress manifests in various forms, each with its unique impact on our lives. Acute stress, a short-term response to immediate threats, serves as a protective mechanism. However, when stress becomes chronic, it can morph into a debilitating force, disrupting our physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Chronic stress can manifest in various ways, including:
Emotional distress: Manifesting as anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating.
Physical symptoms: Headaches, muscle tension, digestive issues, sleep disturbances, and fatigue.
Social and relationship strains: Conflicts with others, withdrawal from social activities, and feelings of isolation.
Changes in behavior: Increased substance use, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and avoidance of activities that once brought joy.
Seeking Counselling, Psychotherapy for Stress Management
When stress becomes overwhelming and disrupts your daily life, seeking counselling and psychotherapy can provide invaluable support. Counselling offers a safe and confidential space to explore the underlying causes of your stress, develop coping mechanisms, and build resilience.
Working collaboratively with you to understand your unique experience of stress. Dealing with the root of your stress, identify your coping strategies, and develop personalised techniques to manage and respond to the stressors effectively.
Counselling & PsychotherapyApproaches for Stress : We use a full and comprehensive Holistic Approach to recovery from its effects.
Claire Russell Therapy Counselling therapy for stress management draws upon numerous approaches, including:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This evidence-based approach focuses on identifying and challenging negative thoughts and behaviors that contribute to stress.
Mindfulness & relaxation techniques: Techniques that help you cultivate present-moment awareness and reduce stress & overwhelm through deep breathing, easy meditation, and stretching exercises/yoga
Stress management education: We will discuss healthy lifestyle habits, time management strategies, and stress-reducing activities
- Nutrition: Using Nutritional therapy along with functional medicine we will take a close look and assessment of contributing food, diet, health and physical health factors
- Mind coaching/Hypnosis/Clinical Hypnotherapy/Clinical Medical Hypnotherapy: Using the power of your marvellous subconscious mind!
Counselling & Psychotherapy provides a supportive environment to connect with your inner self, develop self-compassion, self-care, increase self-esteem and enhance your emotional intelligence. This connection is crucial for building resilience and cultivating a healthier relationship with life and stress.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, but it doesn’t have to control you. With the right support, you can regain control, manage stress effectively, and rediscover a sense of balance, happiness and well-being.
If you’re struggling with stress and seeking guidance, please reach out today. I look forward to supporting you on your journey to happiness, ease, well-being, stress management and success!
Claire Russell Therapy Counsellor & Psychotherapist ONLINE, Newcastlewest, Limerick, Youghal, Cork
Schedule Your Appointment Today 087 716 88 44
Together, we can navigate the stormy seas of stress and discover a calmer, happier and more fulfilling path forward.
A recent Examiner article stated that 91% of employees are sick with worry citing the psychosomatic connection between stress and physical illness. It is a well known fact in the hypnotherapy field that 80% of symptoms are psychosomatically caused by the subconscious mind and it is a watershed to find that current research is confirming this fact.
The body is often the first indicator that stress has reached the level of distress. It responds quickly to real or perceived threats. In the classic situation, if our senses tell us that our lives are in jeopardy, the body gears up for immediate battle or speed. All internal systems respond: the heart speeds up, the breath becomes more rapid, muscles tense, eyes dilate, the gastrointestinal system disrupts digestive processes, nerves and hormones respond. By this “fight or flight” stress response, we instinctively gird for action.
Extensive research in several fields of medicine and psychology, including brain chemistry, neurobiology, immunology, and psychoendocrinology, provide evidence to the body/mind connection.