Dealing with stress

It’s important to distinguish between good and bad stress. An acceptable degree of stress can help us to feel motivated and engaged with life. Stress becomes dangerous at the point at which it leaves us feeling overwhelmed and out of control.  You may be suffering from stress if you feel constantly tired and agitated or if you find it difficult to concentrate or to control your temper.

The factors that can increase stress include:
 
  • Bullying in the workplace
  • Pressure of work
  • Redundancy or the threat of redundancy
  • Feeling powerless in relationships at work or home
  • Divorce
  • Moving house

How can counselling help?

Counselling can help to identify the triggers for stress. It can also unpick the negative thought processes that intensify stress. You could use the counselling sessions to review your work-life balance and to imagine what might be changed for the better. If things really can’t be changed you could still develop useful coping strategies. The counselling dialogue could be the space in which you experiment with self-assertiveness. This could help to open up new choices and to reduce the competing demands on your time and energy.