Stress Management in West Lothian, Scotland
What Is Stress?
Stress is so common that you hardly know anyone who doesn’t experience it! It is beyond cliché to say that stress is endemic in modern life. It’s a fact, we hear about it so often that it has lost its real meaning.
Stress is so often just defined as the body’s response to the demands of life. Indeed, it can affect our physical health and behaviours. Yet, it also affects our mental and emotional states.
Emotional stress is the internal, conditioned reaction of a person to perceived external pressures. Stress is experienced as thoughts and feelings, as well as physical processes. A little stress is considered normal. However, high levels of stress can be detrimental to our well-being.
What Are Causes of High-Stress Levels?
Stress can be caused by almost anything, from being late or hungry to stubbing one’s toe or losing a million dollar contract. Stress may be caused by both positive and negative life experiences. Some of the more common, highly stressful events in life include:
● Losing one’s job
● Getting divorced or going through a breakup
● Getting married
● Being discriminated against
● Having a child
● Moving home
● Getting a promotion or raise
● The death of a loved one
Since these events are often normal parts of the life cycle, it is clear: stress is a normal part of life. Yet, too much stress is a dangerous state, with many possible consequences.
What Are Physiological and Psychological Issues Caused by Stress?
Few people will deny being stressed at least once in their lifetime, but for many, stress can be ongoing and unbearable. Chronic stress can contribute to a myriad of mental and physical health issues. Research has linked high-stress levels to:
● Insomnia or hypersomnia
● Reduced or increased appetite
● Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol
● Diminished physical health
● Decreased productivity and enjoyment at work
● Decreased intimacy
● Migraine headaches and other physical complaints
● Ulcer, heart attack, stroke
How Can Therapy Help?
Yes, stress is a normal part of life. But when the stress of life leads to drug abuse, chronic physical ailments or pain, an absence of pleasure or relaxation in life, lost sleep, lost or gained weight, or other significant changes for the worse, it is likely time to seek help. Some people may avoid asking for help, believing that in our modern, rapid-paced culture, “handling it all” on one’s own is a must. But, in fact, everyone needs some assistance in managing stress at times. Soldiers, astronauts, politicians, actors, athletes, teachers and yes, even therapists – just about anyone you can think of – all seek a listening ear, some sage advice, aid with a difficult task or decision, or an opportunity for a little rest and recuperation in a deep meditative state, if they are feeling overstressed.
Some will also seek a therapist. Traditional psychotherapy teaches stress management skills. Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapists also offer a few good stress reducers and can help you learn them relatively quickly.
What Treatments Are Offered in My Practice?
For those who seek complete discretion and a varied and natural approach to their treatment, there is a number of therapies that have demonstrated effectiveness in treating hundreds of clients.
Therapies offered in my practice include Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness techniques, Guided Meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Matrix Reimprinting, Vibrational Medicine, Breathing Exercises, Emotional Aromatherapy and many others.
Regardless of the severity of your condition, or whether you are on medications for it or not, we will find a way to relieve, or completely eliminate your symptoms. You will be treated here wholistically and based on the causes of your issue, not the symptoms. We will consider every possible contributory factor – physical, mental, emotional, even spiritual – in an effort to understand and heal the source of your depression. In fact, very often, simply identifying the source of depression can result in considerable improvements, even complete healing. And that is in one session! Therapy also helps people to recognize and access their strength, autonomy, and capacity for change. It opens one’s eyes to possibilities once again.
What Are the Triggers?
If you’re not sure what’s causing your stress, keep a diary and make a note of stressful episodes for two-to-four weeks. Then review it to spot the triggers.
Things you might want to write down include:
● the date, time and place of a stressful episode
● what you were doing
● who you were with
● how you felt emotionally
● what you were thinking
● what you started doing
● how you felt physically
● a stress rating (0-10 where 10 is the most stressed you could ever feel)
You can use the diary to:
● work out what triggers your stress
● work out how you operate under pressure
● learn about and develop effective coping mechanisms
Since stress affects body, mind, and emotions, reducing stress can occur on these 3 levels as well:
● Reality checking negative thoughts and catastrophic thinking
● Planning in advance
● Learning from mistakes
● Focusing on the positive
● Meditation /Focusing on breathing
● Deep breathing and meditation
● A long hot bath with essential oils
● Laughing, crying, screaming at the sky
● Artistic endeavours
● Talking with a friend or confidant
● Doing anything you really enjoy