To understand stress management we must first accurately define stress from a psychological context. Psychology Today defines stress as:

Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. Long-term, or “chronic stress,”can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless and depressed
  • Avoiding others.

Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear
  • Cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Excess sweating
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth.

How Shift Can Help

Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviour, thinking ability not to mention the residual effects on physical health. No part of the body is immune, but, because people handle stress differently, stress management may be necessary. Many symptoms might not initially seem like they are connected to your stress until we take a closer look with the life analysis portion of treatment.

Shift Psychological has a number of licensed psychologists who are trained in stress management and similar techniques. Call one of our offices today in order to book an appointment. We have offices in Calgary: 587.352.6463 and in Edmonton: 780.705.6463.