Stress is a normal part of everyone's life; it is a way our brain protects us from dangerous situations. Stress can be caused by pressure that is put on us or when we are faced with a situation and think we do not have the skills to manage it. Sometimes stress motivates us to act quickly and other times it can boggle us down. The 'fight or flight response' is a common concept associated with stress. When we are faced with a stressful situation, our brain needs to decide if we are going to fight through it or if we are going to run away.
When does too much stress become a problem? Well as mentioned before, small doses of stress is good for your body, especially if we are trying to finish an assignment or meet deadlines at work. However, too much stress can have negative affects on your life. This can be presented through: sleep, pain, anxiety and depression symptoms and sometimes even increased substance use. Chronic stress can also lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stomach problems.
How do I know if stress is effecting my life? If you have noticed a change in your behaviour at work, school, home or social life and things are not getting better, there is a possibility that stress is one of the root causes.
Life Stress Reduction (LSR) is a model of therapy that is scientifically based and is proven to help find clarity to different experiences and situations a person faces. LSR is a complementary approach to facilitate people in relieving emotional pain and bringing clarity and comfort to troubling personal issues such as:
- Feelings of depression
- Feelings of anxiety
- Grief and loss
- Life Transitions
- Difficult relationships
- Low self-esteem
- Job/career concerns
- Financial problems
- Health issues
- Fear of the future
- Anger management
How is LSR different from traditional therapy?
A trained LSR facilitator:
- selects and applies the LSR techniques, according to a person's identified issue(s)
- enables the person to successfully confront these issues and discover their own insights and truths
- refrains from diagnosing, evaluating, judging, labelling, or advising
- facilitates each session to a successful conclusion rather than by the clock
If you are interested in exploring how life stress reduction can help you or wanting to explore other areas of therapy, please contact me.