While some stress is normal, prolonged periods of high levels of stress can cause serious issues.
The majority of my clients are busy, professional people with a full life. However, juggling a lot can easily lead to excess stress and if it continues, to anxiety, overwhelm, burnout and depression.
What causes stress?
Stress is often work-related, or it can arise from family relationships, money worries, or issues with health. Often, it can be a combination of some or all of these. Chronic stress can take a real toll on our mental health, our work and our relationships. Luckily, getting support when you notice the signs can really help.
What are the signs of too much stress?
If you have noticed you’re struggling with some of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from excess stress.
- Difficulty concentrating, focussing and remembering
- An inability to ‘switch off’ your mind.
- Racing anxious, negative thoughts
- Feeling angry and irritable
- Being less flexible than usual
- Feeling like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders
- Stomach issues
- Feeling dizzy
If you think you might need some help with dealing with stress, please contact me to have a short initial call to see if I could be the right therapist to help you.
How does counselling help stress?
Counselling can help you to understand your stress, identify and manage the main reasons you are struggling with stress, and find ways to reduce them and change how you relate to them. In short, it can help you to cope with stress in healthier ways, so you can be the person you want to be and have the relationships and life you want to have.
Sessions will be keenly focussed on helping you understand your stressors and learn and develop stress practical tools to help you deal with your stress effectively. That means that if you are willing to do the work between sessions and put into practice what you’ve learnt, you can make changes to your life and feel better quickly.
It takes courage to reach out and ask for help, however facing the problem is the first step. Counselling gives you a safe, confidential place to talk openly about what is causing you stress without upsetting anyone. It is also a place you can develop skills to help you cope with stress more effectively. I can assure you that this can make a huge difference.
As a very busy professional, I use many different evidence-based stress management techniques in my own life. I’m always happy to share these with clients who are keen to make changes in their lives. You can read more about me here and you may find these FAQs helpful.
I was having a very difficult time during lockdown and my stress levels were in overdrive from changes imposed on my business, a strained relationship with my wife and trying to support ageing parents. Zoë really helped me to find a path through the overwhelm to find ways to deal with what was going on and cope with it all. I’m really grateful for her help. Philip
You can find more information on the symptoms of stress on the NHS website with free mood checker tool.