Coping with stress is a fact of life, the result of forces from the inside or outside world affecting the individual. Because it is pervasive in our modern lives, we usually think of stress as a negative experience, but from a biological point of view, stress can be a neutral, negative, or positive experience.
In general, stress is related to both external and internal factors. External factors include the physical environment, such as your job, your relationships with others, your home, and all the situations, challenges, difficulties, and expectations you’re confronted with on a daily basis. Internal factors determine your body’s ability to respond to, and deal with, the external stress-inducing factors. Internal factors which influence your ability to handle stress include your nutritional status, overall health and fitness, the amount of sleep/rest you get, as well as your emotional well-being.
Often stress is aggravated by the expectations we place on ourselves or that we perceive to be held by others. Psychotherapy can be helpful in preventing or reversing the consequences of long-term, chronic stress on health. Psychotherapy can assist us to discover the conscious and unconscious origins of such expectations, often freeing us to make our own decisions about what we are able or willing to do.
Treatment for stress involves therapy, which allows the person to unpack the root psychological cause for the reaction. Although most people find great comfort in psychotherapy for managing stress, some people can experience stress within the therapy and this can become a source of great insight into our perceptions of what others expect, as stressful situations are examined in the course of therapy. All PRS therapists are experienced in dealing with stress and can help you manage your outlook and reactions to life’s stressors. Please browse our directory to begin the therapy process.