Almost everyone experiences stress from time to time, and while a small amount of stress can motivate us, too much or prolonged stress can be damaging to both our physical and mental health.
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response”.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert.
However, if you tend to get stressed out frequently—as many of us do in today’s demanding world—your body may be in a heightened state of stress most of the time. And that can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can suppress your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speed up the aging process. It can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.
Our Counselors will work with you to help you identify the stressors and teach you various behavioral and emotional Stress Management Techniques so that you are better able to cope with the stress. Pathways Counseling Services, a Scottsdale counseling practice, can provide you with the skills to equip you to manage your stress levels, resulting in a holistic change in your lifestyle and wellbeing.