Are you stressed? According to the American Psychological Association, 47% of all Americans (and more than 50% of working adults) say that they are concerned with the amount of stress in their lives. I believe that stress is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in America, and steps should be taken immediately if we are to avoid a cultural epidemic. This week, I want to share with you some of the things I have learned during my career as an online mental health therapist about the dangers of chronic stress and the steps you can take to combat it.
Different Types Of Stress
Acute stress and chronic stress are the two predominant types of stress we experience:
Each type of stress presents its own health risks. Acute stress typically causes symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, stomach pain, irritability, anxiety, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, and more. If managed properly, these types of symptoms can actually benefit the situation by making us more alert, more focused, and more likely to take steps to resolve the issue as soon as possible. These symptoms typically subside after the issue has been resolved and the stress is alleviated.
You don’t have face your journey alone! Don’t delude yourself into thinking that you are the only one dealing with these types of issues; as we discussed at the beginning of this article, approximately half of all Americans feel that they are overly stressed. If you have been battling with stress and are looking for help, I would love the chance to talk with you. As an online mental health counselor, I can meet with you at any time, anywhere, and with the utmost confidentiality. Together we can work to find solutions and strategies that will ease your burdens and improve your overall quality of life. Visit my website or call me directly at (248) 730-5544 to learn more.