Everyone experiences stress at one time or another. Whether in good times or bad, most people say that stress interferes at least moderately with their lives. Chronic stress can affect your health, causing symptoms from headaches, high blood pressure, and chest pain to heart palpitations, skin rashes, and loss of sleep.
Therapy can teach skills to better manage physical symptoms of stress through a wide array of relaxation techniques. Abdominal breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation and progressive muscle relaxation are some of the therapeutic tools used to assist in stress and time management. Clients also benefit from learning techniques to create more balance in their lives, which include increasing activities that bring pleasure and a sense of usefulness. Coping skills to manage overwhelming emotions and dealing with distress in the moment are taught as well.