Many people don't recognize they're over-stressed until they've had symptoms like these for awhile. But what can realistically be done to lower stress? I often hear people say that they simply can't change the busyness of their lives and so feel stuck in reducing their stress. While it may be true that some things in the envioronment (e.g., one's job) may not be changeable, it's actually more important to learn to change how one responds to stress in the first place. Research shows that in order for a person to have stress, they have to perceive their situation as stressful. In order to perceive a situation as stressful, a person has to believe they cannot effectively meet the demands of the situaion. Over time, one's ability to manage stressful situations breaks down leaving the person feeling less and less capable, which of course makes them feel more overwhelmed and stressed. It often becomes a vicious cycle.
A part of the recovery process is to identify ways that a person is stuck in their stress-promoting perceptions and then to learn how to create healthier, more adaptive beliefs. It's also critical to learn how to lower one's overall stress response in the body. This also includes making intentional changes to behavior, such as learning how to relax the body and mind, increasing exercise, eating a more balanced diet, saying no to unessential activities, and having more self-care. I often use neurofeedback to help with this. It's an FDA approved therapy to reduce stress levels.
If you want to learn more about my approach to dealing with stress, or are ready to take your own step towards recovery, please don't hesitate to contact me.