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Stress Reduction

Stress is a rapidly growing problem across North America. More Canadians are facing mental health issues related to stress and anxiety than ever before. At the Cognitive & Interpersonal Therapy Centre, we support clients experiencing psychological, emotional, and physical symptoms related to stress. Developing strategic plans of action to overcome stress disorders and develop impactful and lasting coping mechanisms drastically improves life quality.

Stress is an unseen enemy. It lives in our brains but creates a ripple effect throughout our entire physical and emotional being. Research shows us that high-stress levels can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Finding healthy and long-term methods of resolving stress can improve more than mood. It can increase your lifespan.

The Cognitive & Interpersonal Therapy Centre strives to be transparent with our clients and offer all the information you need to be successful in your stress management and reduction treatment.

Causes and Symptoms of Stress

Causes of stress vary between individuals and can result from multiple factors, a specific situation, or even a specific relationship. Some common stress triggers include:

  • Life changes
  • Financial insecurity
  • Parenting
  • Personal relationships
  • Overwhelming responsibilities
  • Career roles
  • Extreme circumstances
  • Social discord
  • Marriage
  • Illness
  • Grief
  • Education

Stress often arises because we feel unprepared or overwhelmed by a situation. One type of stress, called burnout, occurs when you have too many responsibilities or obligations and not enough time, energy, or focus to complete them. It can leave you feeling exhausted.

Stress causes mental, emotional, and physical symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain or tension
  • Insomnia
  • Upset stomach
  • Depression
  • Chest pain
  • Low sex drive
  • Panic attacks
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Mood swings

Stress occurs in different degrees and can be acute or chronic in nature. Working closely with a cognitive behavioural therapist can drastically decrease the risk of developing these symptoms and reduce those you already experience.

Stress Management & Reduction at CITC

Stress develops differently for everyone. Some individuals feel stress only during moments of extremely high tension; others experience stress regularly. Sensations of stress may appear even when stress triggers are not yet present.

If you experience chronic stress and have trouble coping on your own, therapy to teach you stress management and reduction techniques may be right for you.

At the Cognitive & Interpersonal Therapy Centre, we want you, and all Ontarians, to know that you are not alone. In the fight against debilitating stress, we stand with you and continue to support our patients as you develop your bespoke treatment plan and work your way toward release from overwhelming stress symptoms.

Using Stress Management & Reduction in Your Everyday Life

Stress can be found in every facet of daily life. Being able to remain calm in the face of stress is a learned skill and one which we offer help with. Stress management and reduction can be applied to many situations, including your romantic life, work-life, social life, and financial standing.

One way we teach you to handle daily stress is through a process called CBT stress management. CBT, or cognitive behavioural therapy, works on the principle that our thoughts and feelings dramatically impact our psychological and physical well-being. The way you perceive a situation or yourself during a dilemma can change the outcome and influence your reaction. CBT provides lifelong skills to take those negative feelings and turn them into positive ones.

Cognitive behavioural therapy teaches you to think differently about your feelings toward stress and stressful situations. By adjusting these thought processes, we can change the situations. These tools are taught over a short-term treatment but last long after ending, creating a life-changing solution to stress.

Using Stress Management as a Support

The Cognitive & Interpersonal Therapy Centre can teach you how to prepare yourself for impending stress before it occurs. Stress management and reduction involves three phases, during which you will learn to recognize stressors and use a combination of relaxation methods, acceptance coping and problem-solving to navigate future feelings of stress. This treatment is tailored to your unique stressors, experiences, and lifestyle, providing real-life examples and training to prepare you for independent stress management.

Dealing with stress can impede your ability to work, make friends, build relationships, parent, receive education, and so much more. The skills learned through stress management and reduction allow you to control your life and enjoy everyday experiences without feeling anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed.

Starting Your Stress Management Treatment at CITC

As you begin your journey through stress management and reduction treatment, your therapist may ask you to make a list of the things, people, places, and situations that cause you feelings of stress. It would help if you also recorded how this stress makes you feel and any additional symptoms.

During your initial meeting for stress management treatment, you will go through the list you prepared, describe your personal experience, and discuss your treatment outcome goals. You may also develop a plan of action, including short and long-term goals to work toward as you undergo chronic stress treatment.

As you continue through stress management treatment, you will find these goals more attainable and learn practical ways to use your new skills in real-life situations. Contact the Cognitive & Interpersonal Therapy Centre

If you experience stress and are looking for a long-term solution, we invite you to contact the Cognitive & Interpersonal Therapy Centre today. Our team of experienced therapists work with clients experiencing a wide range of chronic stress-related disorders. Get in touch through our online contact page or by calling us at 1-416-570-5050.

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