Stress is considered as being a normal response to when experiencing pressure, adjusting to changes or finding yourself in danger which may be affecting your daily life.
However when your stress levels remain too high for a longer period of time this can impact on other areas of your life including physical health, mental health, relations with others , self esteem and functioning in the workplace. There are many factors that cause stress in different people however the main sources of stress include: work pressure- difficulty organising work and poor time management, money, relationships, the economy and family responsibilities.
Some individuals will choose to cope with stress through unhealthy ways. These coping strategies include: smoking, drug use,increase intake of alcohol, binge eating, excessive sleep, procrastination and angry outbursts towards others.
Although some stressful situations can’t be avoided there are various methods that can be applied both at an individual level and organisational level.
How we choose to perceive the stressor will determine your ability to cope with the situation. If you choose to receive treatment, your psychologist will guide and assist you through various ways on how to identify your stressors and take constructive measures to help you cope with stress.
Some of these strategies will include problem focused strategies, emotion focused strategies, behavioural strategies and cognitive restructuring techniques which includes shifting from unhelpful thoughts to more positive balanced ways of thinking.