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Hormones can have a positive effect in the short term, keeping us active, alert, or even excited. Long-term stress, however, can be extremely detrimental to your health and relationship. 


Effects of stress are far-reaching, and may include: 


   Lowered effectiveness of your immune system 

   Increasing the likelihood of sickness 

   Disrupted fertility 

   Digestion, and sleep patterns 

   Increased risk of heart problems 


Furthermore, chronic stress can contribute to the development of other mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and more. 


Some of our stressors are short term or tangible, brought on by a deadline at work or an argument with a loved one. Other sources of stress, however, are more abstract and harder to manage. These could include larger relationship issues, financial troubles, chronic illness, dissatisfaction with school or career, or general unhappiness. 


While we cannot always control our environment and stressors, we can control our reaction to them. Stress management is a key to staying healthy, achieving success, and maintaining positive and supportive intimate relationships. 


Key indicators of stress include: 


   Feelings of crankiness and frustration 

   Loss of temper, particularly over small problems 

   Difficulty focusing on tasks or conversations 

   Pervasive tiredness or jumpiness 

   Constant worrying or ruminating, including intrusive thoughts 

   Negative self-talk 

   Drinking excessive amount of coffee, tea, or alcohol 

   Avoiding social contact 

   Over or under eating 

   Excessive crying or irritability 


If more than a few of these sound familiar to you, you may be struggling with stress management. At Counseling Connections & Associates, we can help you identify your most powerful sources of stress and develop a plan for effectively managing them.  


Here are a few of the ways we can help: 


   Identify significant sources of stress, both overt and less obvious 

   Define and implement appropriate boundaries, such as learning to leave work at work and relax while at home 

   Learn and practice techniques for relaxation and mindfulness to reduce stress in the moment 

   Create and implement healthy eating and exercise habits to support health and reduce effects of stress on the body 

   Increase awareness of physical aspects of stress 

   Identify sources of support, including friends, family, and other networks 

   Develop hobbies or interests 


If you believe you could benefit from stress management techniques, call us today for a consultation.  Counseling Connections & Associates therapists are experts at helping you create balance in your life, reducing stress, and increasing productivity and satisfaction. We can help you live happier and healthier. 


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