Stress is part of life, but sometimes prolonged stress, sudden stressful or traumatic events, can lead to a wide variety of reactions that can have a negative effect on you and your body. Counseling can help you learn how to adjust effectively to challenges in your life, become more resilient, and improve your overall well-being.
Many of us try to cope with our stress by using alcohol or drugs, smoking, or overeating. These are not healthy ways to cope. Instead of recognizing the stress or anxiety, and learning ways to effectively adjust, these behaviors may make things worse, physically and mentally.
Stress may be caused by major events, such as:
- Job changes
- Family issues
- Military deployment
Stress may also be caused by everyday life, such as your job, concerns about money, family, caring for your parents or your kids, commuting...all of these things and more. Over time, the effect of daily stress can be cumulative, taking an even bigger toll on your health.
In fact, “ People with high levels of anxiety can have between 2-7 times the risk of heart disease.” Emotional Longevity: What Really Determines How Long You Live, by Norman B. Anderson and Elizabeth P. Anderson, 2003.