Stressed? Therapy Might be the Answer

Stress.

Everyone deals with it. And depending on how bad it is, it can cause everything from problems with your family and coworkers to serious physical reactions.

Hair loss, mood swings, grinding your teeth—even ulcers and divorce have all been attributed to stress. Sometimes, it’s feasible to think that we can deal with stressful situations on our own. A few deep breaths, a nap, or a gentle massage from a loved one and you’re ready to tackle the world again.

But what happens when your usual creature comforts just aren’t cutting it? Therapy just might be the answer you’re looking for. Among the therapy options that might work for you are:

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is all about breaking the connection between troublesome situations and your reaction to them. We can’t make stressful situations disappear, but we can change the way we deal with them. Behavioral therapy can help you learn to:

Make better decisions
Calm your mind and body
Create new associations for stressful situations
Think more clearly under difficult circumstances

Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy teaches you about the patterns of thought that are causing your stressful symptoms. Often, it’s your own mind that is creating a distorted picture of what is going on in your world. Use cognitive therapy to:

Deal with feelings of anxiety, depression or anger
Learn why your thoughts are causing you stress
Retrain your brain to stop causing you excess worry and unpleasant thoughts

Talk Therapy

It’s long been thought that positive communication can promote healing. Talking to a trained, professional therapist is a great way to find support in times of high stress. Talk therapy can also:

Teach you to express your feelings and desires more clearly
Train you to stop bottling up your emotions
Learn where the real causes and triggers for your stress are coming from
Overcome fears and anxiety

 

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