While I agree generally with Lifeline and Grant’s responses above – consultation about mental health issues should always involve your GP – I want to point out that some stress is normal and necessary. It’s not always a mental health issue. We need a little stress to optimise our attentiveness, memory and learning. Too much stress however, is detrimental. “Desserts” spelled backwards is “stressed”. Too much of the good things in life – fine wine, rich food, sex, like too much work – can stress us out.
What I understand you to mean by “stress management” is finding ways to cope more effectively with the demands on you. Stress occurs when we perceive that demands on us exceed our resources, whether they’re intellectual, emotional, physical, relational, financial or time resources. We can “manage” stress by increasing our resources (eg, learning to be more mindful, relaxation strategies, learning new skills relevant to demanding tasks, more sleep, winning the lottery!), decreasing demands (eg, reducing workload, improving scheduling, prioritising) or changing our perceptions (eg, addressing distorted & irrational thinking, welcoming bodily sensations of moderate stress). Many people can help you learn to better manage stress: health professionals such as psychologists as well as counsellors, business/work mentors, life coaches and friends.
I wish you well in your journey toward better stress management.
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