What Is Stress? We all know what it is like to feel stressed, however it is not that easy to define exactly what stress means. We might say "this is stressful" or "I'm stressed out" when we have a lot to do or have demands placed upon us that we find difficult to cope with.
Using evidence-based coping strategies & psychotherapy to overcome stress
Although short bursts of stress can heighten our performance and help us accomplish tasks, long-term stress can have a major impact on physical and mental health affecting how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically.
You may feel emotionally:
Overwhelmed, irritable & 'wound up'
Anxious of fearful & lacking self-esteem
You may feel mentally:
Racing thoughts & constant worry
Hard to make decisions
How you may behave:
Drinking or smoking more
Snapping at people
How you may feel emotionally:
Headaches or muscle tension
Sleep problems, fatigue
Eating too much or too little
As the symptoms of stress can vary considerably, treatment plans are always tailored specifically to an individual’s needs.
Overcoming And Managing Stress
I use a variety of evidence-based coping strategies to help clients overcome and manage their levels of stress. These include:
Mindfulness grounding techniques
Relaxation cues & triggers
Stress affects both the mind and body and deep relaxation training forms an integral part of helping calm the whole mind/body system. Techniques include:
SKY Breath Meditation
I use Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help clients manage and cope with stress.
Mindfulness training teaches a set of simple yet powerful practices including meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress and unhappiness.
The focus of the treatment is on changing one’s relationship to unwanted thoughts, feelings and body sensations so that participants no longer try to avoid them or react to them automatically, but rather respond to them in an intentional and skillful manner.
People who practise the techniques regularly may find lasting physical and psychological benefits such as:
Reduced stress and anxiety
Higher energy levels and enthusiasm for life
Improved sleeping patterns
Living in the present moment
Increased self-confidence and productivity
Improved ability to manage emotions
8 professionally recorded meditations
Present moment living
Seeing thoughts as just 'thoughts'
Stepping out of automatic pilot
You will leave therapy with:
Lifetime access to all meditations and resources to continue your practice at home
Tools and strategies to help you manage stress and live a more fulfilling and happier life