Stress is a normal reaction to a perceived threat or danger. Like the adrenaline rush you might feel when slamming on your brakes to avoid a collision, stress keeps us on our toes and ready to handle life’s immediate threats.
But sometimes stress can linger, and this can have negative effects on the body and mind. Stress management therapy teaches individuals how to reduce the stress in their lives and better cope with the stress that is unavoidable.
Stress is a known risk factor for physical conditions like cardiovascular disease and hypertension, and it has also been associated with the following mental health concerns:
Stress can also be experienced as a side effect of emotional trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder.
At Elements Behavioral Health treatment centers we incorporate stress management techniques into individual and group therapy. Your therapist will work to understand the sources of your stress and your typical reactions to stress. Then your therapist will work with you to come up with a tangible plan to help you identify your stress triggers and to change the way in which you respond to those triggers.
For example, if you experience stress as a result of certain work events, meetings or deadlines, your therapist may teach you how to calm and center yourself before, during and after these stressful moments in order to keep your body and mind relaxed and focused. A stress management therapist can also help you change negative thought patterns that may contribute to stress.
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