Stress

The word stress was once more commonly used to describe pressure on objects and materials to understand what loads things could take before breaking. I think that is very much how we use the word to describe ourselves today; under pressure from something external.

Some people truly strive on stress and find that they achieve much better results under pressure, but usually only up to a point. We all have our own Window of Tolerance which is where we can successfully function. Too much arousal such as trauma can push us above our WoT into hyperarousal, a state of increased psychological and physiological tension marked by such effects as reduced pain tolerance, anxietyexaggerated startle responses, insomnia, fatigue. Too little arousal and we can go below our WoT into hypoarousal; less alert, reduced emotional and cognitive capacity, and less motor control.

Window of Tolerance

Although stress is not an illness it can be a factor in a great number of physical illnesses and can have a large impact on our mental well-being and affect our sleeping and eating patterns and many sufferers experience anxiety, panic attacks and sometimes depression.

Although we usually think of stress as being caused by an external pressure a great deal of pressure can seem to come from outside when it actually comes from within “I must meet my sales target or I won’t get that bonus!” or “I have to get this absolutely perfect otherwise no-one will like it”.

Counselling can help with stress by understanding why we often put ourselves under unnecessary pressure and also by looking at the methods we have learned through life for coping with external pressures.

Stressed man on phone

How can counselling help?

Stress can often be difficult to talk about with family, friends and peers. Sometimes it can be those very people who don’t understand or who are the source of stress in the first place. Counselling can provide a safe place for you to talk without judgement and to understand how you can best look after yourself.

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And…how are you?

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Stressed man on phone
The word stress was once more commonly used to describe pressure on objects and materials to understand what loads things could take before breaking. I think that is very much how we use the word to describe ourselves today; under pressure from something external.

Some people truly strive on stress and find that they achieve much better results under pressure, but usually only up to a point. We all have our own Window of Tolerance which is where we can successfully function. Too much arousal such as trauma can push us above our WoT into hyperarousal, a state of increased psychological and physiological tension marked by such effects as reduced pain tolerance, anxietyexaggerated startle responses, insomnia, fatigue. Too little arousal and we can go below our WoT into hypoarousal; less alert, reduced emotional and cognitive capacity, and less motor control.

Window of Tolerance

Although stress is not an illness it can be a factor in a great number of physical illnesses and can have a large impact on our mental well-being and affect our sleeping and eating patterns and many sufferers experience anxiety, panic attacks and sometimes depression.

Although we usually think of stress as being caused by an external pressure a great deal of pressure can seem to come from outside when it actually comes from within “I must meet my sales target or I won’t get that bonus!” or “I have to get this absolutely perfect otherwise no-one will like it”.

Counselling can help with stress by understanding why we often put ourselves under unnecessary pressure and also by looking at the methods we have learned through life for coping with external pressures.

How can counselling help?

Stress can often be difficult to talk about with family, friends and peers. Sometimes it can be those very people who don’t understand or who are the source of stress in the first place. Counselling can provide a safe place for you to talk without judgement and to understand how you can best look after yourself.

Active Thinking ... our blog

The Love Trap

I’ve been bad :( It’s mental health awareness week again and I realise I haven’t posted for ages :(( In fact while I'm kicking myself, I’ve also been eating too much sugar and I haven’t done enough exercise, the car needs washing and ... :(((( I can feel my head...

Who needs feelings anyway?

Someone once described emotions as lights on our dashboard. They indicate that something needs our attention under the hood. We can ignore the light, turn it off, even break it. We may be able to carry on for a while, maybe indefinitely limp along, but is it safe and are we the best us that we can be? The problem doesn’t go away unless we look at it.

And…how are you?

This time of year there are traditionally two strong messages circulating from all corners of society.

The Anxious Child

WARNING: the following post is NOT yet another reason to feel like a bad parent. No need to grit your teeth in anguish as you anticipate being shown yet another error in your ways. If your child is fed, deflead and relatively clean, had a real vegetable at some point...

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