Stress is an inevitable consequence of life that none of us can avoid. But when stress becomes hard to control, your reactions may turn into unhealthy patterns which can start affecting your health, wellbeing and even relationships. This is when it is time to seek help.

Many may have the tendency to ignore their symptoms or concerns simply because ‘its not that bad’ or ‘everyone has stress, I shouldn’t complain’ etc. But this only leads to problems further down the line. Stress has unapparent effect on your mental and physical wellbeing that you may only realise once it gets worse. It is always best to prevent than recover. So, address your stress now!

How stress may present itself may vary from person to person. Stress responses depend on various factors like Stress Tolerance Level, Nature of Stressor (intensity, scope, duration), Mental Age, Learned Responses, Previous Experiences, Familial Context, Environmental Factors and Available Resources.

To deal with stress effectively we need to figure out what is causing your stress. The common, identified forms of stress are Acute Stress and Chronic Stress.

Acute Stress is a type of short term and normally more common form of stress. This usually relates to those stressors that are recent and can mostly be solved in the immediate future. But these may also be repeated stressors such as:

Environmental Stress

Chronic Stress is a long term and generally more harmful type of stress. Some acute stressors can become chronic if they are not addressed in time or are repeated constantly.

Substance abuse/withdrawal

Alcohol or drug misuse/overuse can also lead to developing stress. Although sometimes people use these substances to mitigate their symptoms of stress, it has a paradoxical effect where withdrawal can also induce stress. This creates a dependency on these substances.

Dealing with your stressors when acute, and coming up with healthy coping strategies for chronic stressors are the best way you can live your life peacefully.

How Bright Ray can help you in dealing with the stressors in your life?

We offer personalised and evidence-based counselling approaches to address your specific stressors. Developing sustainable coping mechanisms for stress will be a major focus of the therapeutic process. The sessions will also provide awareness and how to keep an eye on yourself and your wellbeing to recognise when stressors are affecting you going forward.

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Frequently asked questions

1. What are the common physiological symptoms of stress?+
Digestive problems, Weight Gain or Loss, Poor Sleep, Insomnia, Use of Substance, Body pains and Aches, Fatigue/Exhaustion, Stiff limbs/Joints, Chest Pain, High BP, Weakened Immune System, Reduced Libido, Increased Sweating etc.
2. What are the common psychological symptoms of stress? +
Anxiety, Panic Attacks, depression, Impulsive Behaviours, Irritability, Constantly thinking about the stressor, Always on Edge, Never Relaxed, Feeling Overwhelmed, Low Self-esteem, Forgetful/Unfocused, Avoiding Others etc.

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