Managing Stress Is Difficult In This Era Of Overwhelm
We lead incredibly busy lives with work, family and social demands competing for our attention. Most of us are left with little time or energy to reflect and refocus on our personal life and wellbeing.
Seeking Balance Can Add To Stress
We try to pack more and more into our day in search of balance – I’d better get in my exercise, my daily meditation, shop for healthy food, spend time with my family, stay present with my kids, catch up with my friends, stay in touch with others via Insta or Facebook or SMS as there’s no time for talking.
All these things are necessary or at least part of our daily routine. So why does it feel so hard to stay on top of it all?
Reducing Stress Is Not So Simple
We know we can improve our mental health by reducing stress levels, finding a balance between work and private life and focusing on our life goals. But it’s easier said than done.
It’s a cruel paradox, or perhaps hilarious irony, that our extensive efforts to reduce stress can often lead to more stress. None of us need more stress in our lives.
High Stress Can Feel Normal
Identifying stress can be complicated in itself.
When we are operating at high levels of stress, many of us don’t notice how we are actually living. While we may have a vague notion that we need help, often we postpone it until we’re seriously affected.
Counsellors and psychologist are often shocked by the increasing number of clients feeling isolated, with low mood, and lack of confidence. These factors cause people to socialise even less, reinforcing the sense of separation and isolation, which then feeds back into the malaise. Stress then increases even further.
How To Manage Stress
Managing stress is key to good mental health and also physical health. So it’s comforting to know that there are ways to relax and get some perspective. It’s important to reduce unnecessary and repetitive tasks to focus more on inner wellbeing and interpersonal connections. This is something that mental health counsellors can help you with.
Therapeutic Approaches to Reducing Stress Symptoms
Psychologists have many resources available for clients experiencing distress from their busy and complicated agendas. Remember, it is OK to say I am not OK.
There is a wide range of techniques psychologists can teach you as part of your therapy that can have enormous benefits for reducing stress, such as:
- breathing exercises
- being in the present moment
- training in focusing the mind
- releasing negative associations
- stopping automatic thinking and symbolism
- acknowledging the true self
These techniques among others can help you to:
- reduce the adverse effects of stress and anxiety
- motivate and lift your mood
- bring back that energy to cope with an increasingly demanding lifestyle
- regain control of your own decisions
- feel more confident in life.
With a stronger mind and appropriate self-esteem, you can feel more certain and confident about your choices.
Sharing And Connecting For Stress Reduction
As we all live and interact with the broader community, we can rely on others to offer support. There is a great sense of relief in sharing your story and asking for help, and it also feels great to help others. Knowing someone is there for you can make a huge difference in your day and in the bigger picture, your life.