Everyone encounters stress during their lives at one point—never-ending bills, demanding schedules, work, and family responsibilities—and that can make stress seem inescapable and uncontrollable. Stress management skills are designed to help a person take control of their lifestyle, thoughts, and emotions and teach them healthy ways to cope with their problems.
Find the Cause
A therapist can help you with the first step in stress management by helping you identify your stressors. While this sounds fairly easy—it’s not hard to point to major changes or a lot of work piling up—but chronic stress can be complicated, and most people don’t realize how their habits contribute to their stress. Maybe work piling up isn’t from the actual demands of your job, but more so from your procrastination. You have to claim responsibility for the role you play in creating your stress or you won’t be able to control it.
Strategies for Stress Management
Once you’ve found what causes your stress, your therapist can help you focus on what you can control, eliminate the realistic stressors and develop consistent de-stressing habits and break the stress inducing cycle.
Finally, don’t feel like you have to solve your stress on your own. Sometimes reaching out to family and friends is not enough. Seeking the help from a therapist can give you the support that you need and provide you with the tools necessary to effectively manage stress .