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When things get to be too much…

Stress and Burnout Counselling Maple Ridge and Metro Vancouver

When Stress Becomes a Problem

Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of stress in our lives these days; however, sometimes stress becomes overwhelming or chronic and it can start to take a toll on your health and functioning, finding it difficult to cope.

Ongoing stress can signify other concerns going on such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and dissatisfaction with life. Stress can also negatively impact one’s physical health since chronic stress produces high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which impairs the other systems of the body (e.g., cardiovascular or immune system) in addition to memory and learning.

Symptoms of Stress

Chronic stress negatively affects us physically and mentally. Some typical symptoms are high blood pressure, low energy, frequent colds, difficulty sleeping, muscle tension, digestive issues, chronic pain, acne, headaches, forgetfulness, and poor concentration. This can become damaging to our wellness over time.

Symptoms of Burnout

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. It is felt as physical and mental exhaustion, a sense of dread about work, and feelings of cynicism, anger, apathy, or irritability. Feeling like you can no longer do your job effectively may also signal burnout.

Burnout is often caused by problems at work, but it can also appear in other areas of life, such as caretaking, parenting, and complicated relationships.

Counselling Treatment for Stress and Burnout

In counselling sessions you will first learn to understand exactly what stress is, the nature of your own personal stressors, as well as how to ground yourself in moments of overwhelm.

There is a practical and  educational component to stress therapy. Learning practical tools to help reduce the symptoms of stress, such as mindfulness, diaphragmatic breathing, muscular relaxation exercises, and various nervous system regulating techniques. In addition, holistic life planning combined with cognitive behavioural strategies are helpful in mitigating the effects of chronic and excessive stress.