Stress is a normal response to life’s challenges. It can motivate you to rise to the challenge, but chronic stress can make it difficult to adjust to life events. Psychotherapy provides the skills to reduce the negative impact of stress. Combining cognitive behavioral therapy with relaxation techniques will keep stress at appropriate levels. Whole Life Psychotherapy examines all areas of your life – mind, body, soul, relationships, money – to identify the sources of stress. The goal of Whole Life Psychotherapy is to give you the skills and confidence to overcome all stressors.
Everyone experiences stress, but it affects each person differently; some people cope with stress more effectively than others. Chronic, unchecked stress can lead to anxiety, depression or health problems.
So how does anxiety differ from stress?
- Anxiety is feelings of stress long after the source of stress is gone
- Anxiety is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about everyday things for no apparent reason
- All of us worry about things like health, money and relationships, but those with anxiety worry about these issues to the point that it has a negative impact on their lives and the lives of those around them
- Just getting through the day can be difficult. Anxiety can include phobias such as fear of flying, water, driving, or even the fear of leaving one’s home
Anxiety has become so commonplace in the US, that it seems normal and expected. Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects all areas of life including work, socializing and family. The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is to change those unrealistic worries into rational thoughts. Combining CBT, relaxation techniques, and acknowledging your fears is the most effective and evidenced-based approach to anxiety treatment. Meditation, muscle relaxation and yoga are among the most popular relaxation techniques used today.
Many people suffer from both depression and anxiety. Loneliness and isolation are common with social anxiety and can spiral to depression.
Depression is a condition in which a person feels sad, discouraged, hopeless, unmotivated and disinterested in life, including jobs, relationships, sex, and hobbies. These feelings are a normal reaction to life stressors, but when these feelings are present daily, or nearly every day, for an extended period of time, collectively, they become a diagnosis of depression.
- Depression can affect the sufferer both mentally and physically
- Depression can affect not only the sufferer, but friends, family, coworkers and significant others, too
Psychotherapy helps you develop coping skills to improve mood, identify stressors and develop relapse prevention skills. Finally, you will create a plan designed to maintain new ways of thinking and behaving.
Taking a whole life approach to therapy is the best way to prevent depression and anxiety from reoccurring because it keeps stressors at bay.