All of us want to learn how to reduce, prevent and cope with stress in healthy ways. It may feel that you cannot do anything about the daily stressors of life: bills, family responsibilities and demanding work commitments. Stress Management is how you cope and gain control with life’s stressors so that you relieve pressure and can feel back in control. How do you usually deal with problems? How do you manage your thoughts and emotions? Stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation. The first step is to recognize the true sources of stress in your life.
Unhealthy ways of coping with stress
The coping strategies below reduces stress temporarily, but in the the long run, they end up causing more damage:
- Avoiding the problem
- Taking out your anger on others (lashing out, angry outbursts and physical violence)
- Sleeping too much
- Binging on junk or comfort food
- Withdrawing from friends, family and activities
- Zoning out in front of the computer or T.V.
- Using pills or drugs to relax
- Drinking too much
If you’re feeling like your life is at a standstill or even though you know what you need to do to get moving but you are mot motivated to do it, or you may be feeling guilty because of the way you have been treating your loved ones or even yourself, then contact me so I can help you identify the core issues that keep you locked down and unmotivated. We will work on a plan, together, so you can feel happier, lighter and more productive in your life and relationships. I provide in-office counseling in Cooper City, FL as well as online therapy to anyone residing in the state of Florida.