Coping with Stress
Practical Tools for Coping with Stress in Wolverhampton
Stress is a reaction to a situation in which we ‘feel’ under pressure although it has been argued that without any kind of stress at all that we would not be motivated to do ‘anything. So in this respect, stress is also a normal human experience. Stress becomes problematic when we are feeling under too much mental or emotional pressure. This pressure turns into adverse stress when you feel unable to cope.
Adverse stress causes hormones to be released into your blood-stream to enable you to deal with pressures or threats and create the ‘flight’ or ‘fight’ response which is indistinguishable from feelings of anxiety. This reaction is a ‘hard-wired’, unconscious response that evolved when we might have been ‘food’ for wild animals back in our ancestral history.
Coping with Stress – Key Ideas
If you want to be better at coping with stress then there are a number of key points worth understanding:
- Stress itself does not harm you – coping with stress means learning that you can tolerate the feelings, even if they are unpleasant
- Your stress response is your own, personal response to pressure, or what you ‘believe’ is a pressure situation
- Stress is a normal response – but we all cope with stress in our own unique way
- Coping with stress requires changing your beliefs about pressure and when its appropriate to experience stress
- Stress is an ‘outcome’ of a thought or thoughts, either conscious or unconscious, not the ’cause’ of anything
- What stresses some people is not a problem for others, so stress is linked to perception
Coping with Stress by Not Creating It
The most effective and sustainable way of coping with stress is by learning how to manage your thinking processes more effectively. The fact is that we ‘create’ the stress ‘response’ through cognitive, or ‘thinking’, processes based on what we believe is happening, or about to happen ‘to us’.
So one of the key concepts for coping with stress is recognising that YOU are the architect of this feeling – its NOT simply happening to you, you are creating it in the first place. This is GOOD news because you can also learn how to un-create it (or simply not create it in the first place).
If you’re not coping with stress at work then you might be interested in reading our pages about work related stress and the six known ’causes’ or ‘situations’ associated with stress in this environment. We offer professional mental health at work services for both employees as well as the management structure.
Coping with Stress with CBT
We do not know of any better method of coping with stress than by following our adcanced beliefs-based CBT programme with us here at Tranceform. The course provides a totally new way of dealing with ‘mental health problems’ that is not based on the medico-psychiatric-model of ‘disorders’ and ‘illnesses’.
There is plenty of research indicating that ‘labelling’ people as ‘mentally ill’ not only causes additional problems, but also leads people to feeling ‘powerless’ when it comes to solving the problems associated with stress-related problems.
Read our post ‘psychiatric diagnosis, fact or fiction‘ to find out more.
Transform Your Thinking & Start Coping with Stress
If you’re committed to overcoming your stress related problems then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.
Both the CBT course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
FREE Initial Consultations
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your stress problems or counselling needs. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapy relationship as being key to making any personal change or improvement, so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications, without pressure or coercion.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of conventional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.