Stress becomes so ingrained in everyday life that it may feel normal, but any level of ongoing stress has a serious impact on your health. With stress management from Jennifer Joireman, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC, at Town Center Counseling, you can break the grip of daily stress, learn ways to cope with stressors, and prevent emotional and physical problems. To schedule a stress-management appointment, call the office in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, or book online today.
Stress refers to the emotional, mental, and physical reactions that occur when you face any type of pressure. The things that cause stress, called stressors, come from many internal and external sources, including:
You may experience sudden stress (acute stress) during a new, challenging, or frightening situation. This type of stress disappears as soon as the situation ends.
You can also experience persistent stress (chronic stress) that lasts indefinitely. Chronic stress frequently arises due to ongoing relationship, work, or money troubles. You may also have ongoing stress due to a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety.
When you feel stressed, your body immediately releases a wave of hormones that boost your heart rate, tense your muscles, and raise blood sugar. These changes energize your brain and body and motivate you to deal with the situation.
After your stress subsides, your body and hormone levels return to normal. That's why acute stress doesn't cause health problems.
Chronic stress is a bigger concern because it causes persistently high levels of stress hormones. Abnormally high hormones lead to problems such as:
Stress management allows you to prevent these emotional and physical conditions.
As a specialist in humanistic psychology, Jennifer treats the whole person. This approach works well when creating a stress management plan because each person faces different circumstances, stress triggers, and emotional and physical reactions.
After talking with you and learning about the issues associated with your stress, Jennifer recommends a holistic treatment plan. The goals of stress management include finding ways to eliminate as much stress as possible, while also learning how to cope with and reduce your stress.
Your stress management plan may include any of the following:
Without treatment, chronic stress may also trigger existing mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder.
If you need expert stress management, call Town Center Counseling or book an appointment online today.