Modern life can be extremely busy and demanding. We often find ourselves struggling to keep pace with a relentless schedule and this can be made doubly difficult when compounded by stressful events.
Work Related Stress
Work related stress can sneak up below the radar. Before you are aware there is anything wrong your thoughts start racing and you can suddenly feel like you are losing your mind. Yes, your thoughts impact the way your brain processes stress – for better or worse. Most of the time our thoughts and behaviour, especially when we are in a stressed state, exacerbate the problem – for instance self-doubt when we need to be confident or over-thinking frustrations when we need to relax or even sleep.
The Stages of Stress
In 1956 Hans Seyle coined the term General Adaptation Syndrome or GAS for short. This has three distinct stages:
- Alarm – Our initial reaction to a stressful situation. These can range from strong physical emotions such as panic or fear through to sadness.
- Resistance –This is when we try to use our current resources to try to struggle through the period of stress. Different people have various coping mechanisms – some may try talking and discussing their difficulties with friends whilst others will throw themselves into their work.
- Exhaustion – When we cannot work through the stress we may become ill, cease function and crash. It is possible to cope with fight or flight situations, but we find unrelenting pressure difficult and uncomfortable. This may result in burn out as the body suffers from the effects of long-term raised cortisol levels leading to difficulty with digestion, reduced sex drive and even immune system suppression.
In 1976 Richard Lazarus, a leading psychologist at the University of Berkley, California, defined said “stress occurs where the demands on a person tax or exceed his adjustive resources.”
Help and Relief is Available
With a short program of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy combined with CBT, you can learn how to clear away mental clutter and learn how to say no, without the risk of anger or offending people. This will give you the tools to handle stress more effectively and focus on the important aspects of your life, channelling your efforts into what is most important to you. These are real techniques that will get you back on track that you can apply in any moment from day to day life through to a crisis situation.
The Next Step
If you would like to find out how therapy can help you form new strategies and behaviours for dealing with stress and becoming more resilient and able to deal with life’s downs as well as the ups then why not come for a free consultation appointment?
This way we will be able to sit down and discuss any difficulties you may be having in a controlled and relaxed environment. We can talk through the challenges you’re currently facing and discuss the options available to you.