Are stress and anxiety undermining your health, wellbeing and quality of life? Are you recognising some stress related symptoms and consequences of anxiety in your day to day life? How can Stress Management Counselling help?
It is now common knowledge that ongoing, chronic stress triggers and exacerbates many serious health problems and disease processes. Therapy for stress helps you to understand and work through the root cause of your stress responses.
Stress is our emotional and physical response to pressure. Such pressure can arise from external factors such as life events, work, relationships, fear of loss, bereavement or internal factors like our self-expectations and the demands that we place on ourselves.
At times, even the events that we see as enjoyable can become stressful including holidays, social events and parenthood.
Stress and the fight or flight response
Stress and anxiety trigger brain, emotional and physiological responses. We all know, for example, the expression of an “adrenaline rush”. Under stress, the body pumps cortisol and adrenaline through the bloodstream creating a temporary state of hyper-vigilance.
Recurring or habitual stress affects our emotional wellbeing and physical health. There is a tendency to overlook or underestimate the physical manifestations of stress that can cause illness and chronic disorders that impact the quality of our everyday life.
Often, it is at this later stage that people dealing with these challenges seek stress management and counselling.
Early individual and relational experiences contribute to our own individual level of resilience or vulnerability to stress. At Leone Centre, we work with the understanding that every person’s symptoms and experience of stress will be different; we use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and individual psychotherapy to explore and the root causes of stress and anxiety as well as working with EFT and Matrix Re-Imprinting.
Examples of physiological stress-related symptoms:
- Lack of energy
- Low libido or impotence
- Insomnia and an inability to relax
- IBS, stomach cramps, digestive issues
- Headaches, migraines
- Teeth grinding, often during sleep
- Loss of appetite or comfort eating
Some consequences of stress:
- Low self-esteem
- Attention deficit
- Problems in relationships
- Loss of control
- Unable to settle, always busy
- Shouting arguing
- Eating (more or less)
- Increased alcohol and/or drug use
These effects can occur as a result of many pressures; Strain in relationships, work burdens and financial worries are reported as the primary causes, but we will always work with you and try to establish individual and unique sources.
Some of the most known causes or stress are:
Relationship issues: when you have problems in our marriage, find it difficult to relate to others or commit to close and meaningful relationships.
Work: if you do not feel valued, have conflict with your manager or colleagues, you are lacking in motivation or feel overwhelmed and unable to say no.
Health problems: if you have an illness, are fearful for your health, impacted by Covid-19, experiencing mental health issues
Emotional problems: like supressed and unexpressed or uncontrolled anxiety, frustration, depression, grief, guilt, or low self-esteem and self-value.
Social anxiety: such as worrying about seeing other people, loneliness, feeling different, fear of being devalued or bullied, using alcohol or drugs to overcome the stresses of socialising
Life and existential transitions: like becoming a parent, leaving home, getting married, middle age, getting older.
Conflicts with your belief system—your perceptions and beliefs yourself, the world, meaning, life and self-expectations clashing with your current situation, not having a life in line with your ethics and hopes.
What Is Stress Management And How Can Counselling Help?
Stress is an inevitable part of human experience and even a useful human reaction in particular contexts or challenging situations.
Modern day life and living in London is demanding and pressurising. All too often we have high expectations of ourselves, what we should and ought to be doing, whilst at the same time having to deal with the expectations of others. It is now more common to experience work-related pressures and stress especially when it is hard to have boundaries from the workplace due to constant access to emails and work communications.
Stress at work impacts our personal relationships fuelling even more pressure.
At Leone Centre, our approach to stress management means finding tools and developing a mindful and attentive attitude to ourselves and our physiological and emotional responses.
Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy explores the connection between triggers, thinking, feelings and behaviour. Leone Centre counsellors will use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), psychotherapy as well as the EFT, Matrix Re-imprinting approaches. They will help you to learn new skills to manage stress and anxiety as well as looking in-depth to the source.
Stress Management, Counselling in London and Online
We do work in the strictest confidence and work within a safe and containing environment.
If you do feel like you need some help and support, Leone Centre counsellors and therapists are available 7 days a week.
Get in touch for more information on how we can help you make positive changes in your life.
Our head office for stress management London is in Fulham at Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PA.