There are a range of stress management options available. Program components may include the following: psychometric testing/assessments, treatment planning-executive coaching & social work counselling, hypnosis/guided imagery, neuro-linguistic programming.
Stress is a part of life, but when it becomes overwhelming, we are prone to serious physical and mental health problems. We become stressed when we feel a sense of hopelessness about being able to manage challenges. Believing that we lack the resources to cope with day to day problems or major life transitions can result in feelings or anxiety and depression. Chronic stress may move us to the place of complacency or at the very least downsizing our goals.
Stress can manifest in insomnia, irritability, weight gain, depletion of confidence, difficulty in setting boundaries and even substance abuse. Extreme stress can become a way of being. We become accustomed to it and lose sight of the fact that our lives are not meant to be lived this way. We move away from our original potential and deny parts of ourselves when we are constantly living in survival mode. Living with chronic stress can almost become a badge of resiliency, however, the long-term cost to our spirit is high.
Acquiring new tools and strategies are important in managing stress. However, until the subconscious mind accepts and absorbs new ways of being, we continue to remain at the mercy of life’s endless triggers. Life passes quickly, and will continue to do so whether or not we make adjustments. In the meantime, our stress responses continue to become more hardwired with each passing day. Managing stress requires new beliefs and a willingness to develop greater self-influence. We cannot develop greater self-influence without taking the stubborn robotic mind into consideration.
Terri Lee Cooper MSc. RSW