Stress management treatment Victoria BC & Winnipeg MB
Did you know that as much as 90% of illness and disease is due to chronic stress?
Truthfully, I contemplated not even writing about stress because I feel like the term has become so commonplace that, although everyone knows it has such a direct impact on one’s health, it can be uncomfortable to talk about. Some may even diminish or dismiss the fact that they feel stressed because “everyone has stress.”
Although true, this perspective is not very helpful.
While stress is a normal and healthy part of everyday life, no one was ever meant to thrive in a state of chronic stress. It is really important to recognize the difference. The thing is, you are so used to hearing you just need more time and self-care, to take a bath and light some candles, that you’re not even sure there is another way.
I believe stress management is better discussed in terms of stress resilience.
Chronic stress can erode your health ever so slowly that you may not even notice it’s happening.
Indications that stress may be dampening your light in life:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Disrupted sleep/insomnia/oversleeping
- Chest pain or racing heart
- Headaches and dizziness
- High blood pressure
- Appetite and weight changes
- Muscle tension/jaw clenching/teeth grinding
- Poor memory
- Menstrual irregularities
- Digestive issues
- Frequent infections and colds
- Lack of enjoyment in life
- Hair loss
- Sexual difficulties or lack of interest
I want to help you understand what a healthy relationship with stress looks and feels like.
You need to be able to spot the subtleties of stress in its tracks so as to not find yourself subsumed by it unexpectedly and suffer the consequences medically. When life feels challenging, as it often can be, you need to have tools to stay afloat and balanced. You also need someone to be honest and real with you about your individual capacity.
Establishing and maintaining a healthy relationship with stress is very individual and oftentimes hard to navigate through when you’re the one living it.
Schedule a free 15-minute phone consult to discuss with me how having personalized guidance and support can make all the difference.
Stress is a normal and healthy part of everyday life and is necessary for many physiologic processes in the body to function properly. The nervous system is eloquently designed to activate a sympathetic - “flight or fight” - response when exposed to external stimuli, whether physical, mental, or emotional. In short bursts, this is healthy and welcomed. By increasing motivation, alertness, performance, energy, and immune function, for example, stress allows you to accomplish and overcome many things in life.
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I love sleep.
My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?
- Ernest Hemingway