Stress is a body’s natural physical and emotional reaction when an individual must adjust and adapt to demands of the environment. Stress can occur in your personal life (i.e. planning a happy event like a wedding, relationship difficulties) and in the workplace (i.e. task and time demands, shift work, conflict with co-workers or supervisor, physical demands such as standing all day for your job). Stress can also affect your academics and interpersonal relationships.
Stress can cause problems such as:
- physical (i.e. headaches, increased heart rate, a change in sleep pattern, frequent colds)
- emotional (i.e.. anxiety, anger, irritability, depression)
- cognitive (i.e. confusion, difficulty making decisions) and
- behavioural (i.e. withdrawal, appetite change, substance use)
Stress, over a long period of time, can lead to exhaustion and your immune system’s reduced ability to fight illness and disease which can put you at risk for health problems.
Stress management can help individuals to experience less stress, learn effective ways to manage stress such as relaxation techniques, utilizing social support systems, manage your time and improve overall functioning.
You will be provided with a confidential and supportive environment that combines individual psychotherapy and education for 6 sessions.