Life Stress

life Stress

Life Stress

High levels of Stress can create chronic health problems and life management problems. Chronic stress puts the body into the defensive state of the flight or fight response–triggering the body to produce high levels of adrenaline and cortisol.  Over time, negative emotional and physical effects can develop. People can develop negative coping strategies to handle stress such as alcohol or drug abuse.  Or marriages and family relationships can suffer.

Work life, marriage relationships, divorce, loss and financial troubles are just some of the trigger points for life stress.  The best way to prevent stress from becoming chronic is to deal with it early before it becomes overwhelming and chronic.  Coping strategies and recognizing how you handle stress are important to managing stress.

Working with an experienced counselor to make changes in your life is an effective ways to overcome and manage stress.   Developing a plan to cope is key.  Physical activity; learning how to read your body’s signals; eating well; developing healthy boundaries; and developing support systems are important ways to handle stress.

To find a counselor to help you deal with life stress call Dunham Counseling at 630-799-0100.