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Working through stress with a family counselor can produce lasting results

Stress is not something we can completely escape from. In life there are many situations which may cause us excitement of some form and, technically, excitement of any kind can trigger stress. In today's fast-pace world, stress seems so common that we hardly give it a second though. In fact, if we were to think about stress, we may consider it some sort of "badge of honor," proof that we are contributing something of value to our family, our employer, our community.

The reality of stress

Some give the impression that stress is a good thing, a maker of greatness and a necessity for personal growth and certainly of success. A parent who isn't stressed isn't really engaging in parenting. An employee who isn't stressed will never climb that corporate ladder. While we cannot argue that there can be benefits to minimal amounts of stress, there are realities that must be realized if we are to remain healthy individuals.

The downside to high stress levels and even chronic, low-grade stress includes:
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty getting up or feeling energetic
  • Not eating enough or eating too much
  • Overuse of alcohol or drugs as a form of self-medication
  • Lack of creativity or productivity
  • Lack of satisfaction with work and personal endeavors
  • Depression
  • Chronic physical complaints
  • Health problems, including an increased risk of stroke and heart attack

Addressing stress with a family counselor

Individuals and families in the West Bloomfield area can receive one-on-one assistance at Counseling Associates. Working with an experienced therapist, it is possible to learn how to manage stress from both a mental and a physical standpoint. For instance, a family counselor provides an ear for your concerns. Hearing the causes of excessive stress, a therapist can help you identify problem-solving skills and the ability to focus on the positives in your life. In therapy, you may also learn how to recognize coping skills to manage stress, such as exercise that you enjoy or deep breathing to handle the immediate effects of a stressful situation.

It is easy to think that stress is something we should be able to handle of our own accord. The fact is, however, that there is far too much stress in some people's lives. Therapy sessions with a family counselor are not necessarily about "fixing" yourself or anyone else but about giving you the skills to live consciously.

Call Counseling Associates today to learn more about our services. (248) 626-1500.
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