How does it work?
At the start of a stress management session you may be asked to rate the degree of stress that you associate with certain parts of your life. Your stress management expert can then help you to identify exactly what is causing you to feel stressed, before teaching you a variety of techniques to help you take control. You’ll soon discover how good it feels to be in charge again...
The aim of stress management is to help replace negative ways of coping with stress (for example turning to cigarettes and alcohol or becoming angry) with positive ones. Positive methods of coping with stress include adjusting your attitude to potentially stressful situations, learning to say no to the demands of others and setting aside time for relaxation. Why not cross something off your to do list and make some time to exercise or pursue a hobby instead? Trust us, you’ll feel much better for it.
Is it for me?
If you feel that stress is taking over your life then it’s probably time to do something about it. Suffering from stress doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of living. Stress management techniques can help you to feel relaxed and in control – improving your sleep patterns and helping to alleviate other stress-related symptoms.
Stress management techniques can be used by people of all ages and backgrounds. Whatever the cause of your stress, a stress management expert will be able to teach you how to take charge and show that anxiety who’s really boss.
Good to know
During a stress management session your stress levels may be measured so that your counsellor can judge how much progress you are making. This may be done by taking your blood pressure, or by measuring the temperature of your skin – both of which can pick up changes that occur due to the body’s fight-or-flight response.