Cognitive therapy for stress rests on the premise that it’s not simply the events in our lives that cause us stress, it’s the way we think about them. There are hundreds of examples of how our thoughts and our negative self-talk invade our experiences. These can lead to either a triggered stress response or a calm demeanor.

Stress can also be a great motivator, but too much can be overwhelming. Once stress exceeds normal levels, a very common problem is that it can lead to generalized anxiety if untreated for long periods of time. Foundations Counseling using a cognitive approach work with clients to recognize and alter these habitually negative thought patterns.

Recognizing Symptoms

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances. At one point or another, most people deal with feelings of stress. In fact, 1 in every 3 adults reported experiencing high levels of perceived stress during their lifetime. The condition is associated with a long list of physical and mental symptoms.

The following are only some of the most common stress-related symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic Pain
  • Frequent Sickness
  • Decreased Energy
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Issues
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Depression
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Sweating

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Stress is something that most people will experience at one point or another. It can take a toll on many aspects of health and has a wide range of symptoms, including reducing energy levels and triggering headaches or chronic pain.

Fortunately, there are many ways to help relieve stress, such as practicing mindfulness, exercising, learning coping skills and self-care with a therapist.

If you may be experiencing symptoms caused by prolonged stress or for more information about how we work with stress management, please contact Foundations Counseling today.

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