Stress is an important part of life. In fact, it can be critical to our survival. Stress triggers the “fight or flight” response that can let us know we are in danger. However, too much stress for too long can compromise our mental and physical health. Everyday stressors, such as work, finances, family issues or relationships can spiral out of control. If you are feeling overloaded or struggling to keep up with the demands of your life, you might be experiencing stress. Stress can be controlled, but recognizing stress symptoms can be elusive. Things like low energy, headaches, insomnia, low self-esteem, difficulty relaxing, constant worrying, feeling overwhelmed or changes in appetite can all be symptoms of stress (among many others). If you think you might be dealing with chronic stress, working with a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s stress experts today.

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The Epidemic of Modern Life in Our Society is STRESS Stress itself is not a disease, but it leads to a breakdown in psychological, body and brain functioning.  Stress is disease causing. If stress is not relieved damage occurs. As your body and brain experience your reactions to stress triggers, You have become the stressor itself. Three Inter-related Phases of Stress Damage: *Psychological and Neuronal (brain) Damage:  begins with A) feeling mentally tired, drained of energy which can mask as depression, anxiety, panic. B) Brain fatigue results in impaired focus, impaired attention/concentration, impaired learning of new information, and impaired memory recall of recent information. It can mask as attention deficit disorder (ADD).  It can also present as Mild Cognitive Impairment or incipient dementia. *Behavioral Damage: Negative changes in behavior most often show up in 2 major areas: relationships and work.  A) friction or arguments B) less productivity and creativity, C) distracting avoidant behavior (e.g. compulsions, addictions, substance abuse) . * Physical Damage: Physical fatigue, allergies, asthma, skin conditions, headaches, compromised immune system functioning, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, heart attack, stroke and et cetera. We all react differently to stressful situations. What is stressful to one person may not be stressful to another. Almost anything can cause stress. For some people, just thinking about something or several small things can cause stress. How we react to a situation will affect how stress affects us and our health. A person who feels they do not have enough resources to cope will be more likely to have a stronger stress reaction, and also can trigger health problems. There are many techniques to deal with stress, the underlying issues that trigger stress, and the hazards of stress. If you feel stressed out, or overwhelmed, you should know that life doesn’t have to be this way. Together, you and Dr. Shawna, will look into your life to find the sources of your stress, stress triggers, and figure out what to change, or implement. These things may involve your work, your family, or all other areas of your personal life. You will also learn techniques and coping skills to help you relax. Dr. Shawna is an expert at stress management. She will help you sort through issues and find the best ways to cope in healthy ways and move forward.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL

Did you know that if you allow your exhales to be longer than your inhales, then you actually signal to your brain that you are safe and it's ok to relax? I am fascinated by its effects on our bodies and minds, and am in awe of how much it actually does. I do not believe in hustle culture, I believe in rest and daily self-care. I want my clients to learn what helps them manage stress and my suggestions are backed by research and science.

— Kaylin Zabienski, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in NEWPORT BEACH, CA

Stress can impact your body and mind, leaving you feel depleted, exhausted, foggy, and tense. You might be experiencing stress from work, family responsibilities, finances, chronic illness, or a combination of factors. I want to help you change the things that are change-able and focus on accepting the things you can't change. For that accepting part, I will give you some tools that you can use when stress is overwhelming you - simple, actionable strategies that can help you accept what's happening and not get too caught up in the worries that come with stressful moments.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Life is stressful! I am passionate about using connection, reflection, and curiosity to explore how stress is showing up in your life. Somatic complaints, reactivity, shutting down or withdrawing... these can all be symptoms of stress. I am passionate about building a sense of self-worth, healthy boundaries, sustainable self-care, relational interdependence and moderation.

— Katie Nissly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Paul, MN

Stress may result from an unhealthy work environment or relationship. It may develop due to big life changes -starting college, becoming a parent, moving, losing a partner/ friend/ spouse- or feeling stuck. As we navigate a pandemic, job loss, isolation and huge situational changes- I know stress is building for many. If you feel overwhelmed, lets create a plan to address what you are facing. I am trained in Problem-Solving Therapy, solution-focused approaches and offer empowering support.

— Meredith Waller, Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO

Your stress has been building for FAR too long; you don’t remember the last time you weren’t so overwhelmed or anxious. You can't stand how irritable you’ve become, especially around those you love. You want to be more present in your life and relationships. You want to feel like your old self again - or a new, calmer self - on a path of continued growth and success. I can help!

— Johanna Karasik, Therapist in Northglenn, CO

Do you find it hard to control your emotions? Do your emotions often dictate your response? Do you wish you had the techniques to harness your emotions and move forward with your life? Become more aware of your emotions Welcome, allow and regulate emotions Describe emotions clearly and in detail Evaluate whether the emotions are helpful or hurtful Identify the source of unhelpful emotions Develop alternative, healthy ways of coping with situations that often elicit hurtful emotions

— Tom Bolls, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I take a holistic approach to managing stress and living mindfully as to not get caught up in the daily chaos of modern day living. We will work on identifying stressors and incorporating healthy habits such as meditation, exercise, journaling, and nature into your life. I am open to discussing the role spirituality and your beliefs play in your life.

— Barbara Ferri, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Adolescent and adult life stresses related to school, work, family, and other areas of life.

— Spencer Schultz, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Wylie, TX

Throughout my career I have focused on the impact of chronic and acute stress on the body and mind. I seek out specialized training that highlights the physical impact as well as the neurological effects of chronic stress. Additionally, my formal coach training provided instruction from physicians and clinicians to provide the biological and emotional impact. Not only do I have a solid understanding of stress, I am also equipped with a plethora of strategies to address it.

— Regina Whittington, Therapist in Clayton, MO

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), I understand how stress can negatively impact the body physically, mentally, and emotionally and methods that can be helpful in relieving those symptoms.

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

Chronic Stress causes more damage to our bodies than we realize. Whether it is headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, moodiness, brain fog, sadness, fatigue, or low motivation that you experience, all can be a result of the body being in a constant state of fight or flight. A rush of stress hormones are released and the body has a difficult time returning to homeostasis. Through an integrative approach, the mind and body can start to move towards homeostasis/balance with a relief in symptoms

— Kelly Venuti, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Saint Petersburg, FL

I specialize in working with Creative People for support with "stress." The source of your stress may be wide and varied, but to me, this means your nature-given creative energies are out of alignment. Creative People have passion. This is vital for you to be able to create. When this is not directed in a healthy way it builds up as stress. In counseling, we identify what isn't functioning and get you back into a healthy state flow.

— Cindy Cisneros, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sykesville, MD

We live in a world filled with scary news headlines that make us feel like we are constantly in a crisis. Not to mention the day to day stress from work, the kids, and our families. Learning to pause and take a break from what's happening in the world is a skillset that we have to begin implementing. When you are flying on a plane, the flight attendant reminds you that in case of an emergency, you must put your oxygen mask on first. Let's find what your oxygen mask looks like!

— Manny Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Clemente, CA

Although stress is unavoidable, I use evidence-based techniques to teach skills that allow my clients to effectively manage stress in a healthy way.

— Beth Myler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Stress and anxiety is debilitating. Using integrative, holistic techniques, we get to the root of anxious thinking and limiting beliefs. I help clients work with their bodies and their minds to find long-term relief from anxiety. This work is transformative and helps people recalibrate their experiences of daily life. Stress relief has positive effects on mood, decision-making, physical health, relationships, and so much more.

— Courtney Terrell, Counselor in Fishers, IN

Stress and burnout are practically a given for women today. We use a combination of cognitive therapies (thinking about your thinking), mindfulness, and somatic interventions (body based skills) to help relieve your stress and worry. Sometimes just having a safe place to share can help you untangle the knot of anxious thinking and physical complaints.

— Cactus Flower Healing, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mesa, AZ

Everyone experiences stress at certain times in their life, whether from work or family issues. I use a solutions-focused approach to help you identify strategies to cope with stress.

— Camille Keith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beaverton, OR

We all go through points in our life in which the stress of what we are dealing with is overwhelming and complicating other areas of our life, our mood, our activity, our socialization, our work, our school performance, our relationships. Stress is apart of life and although we can't control forces out of our reach, we can learn to adapt better to how we respond to those forces so that it doesn't complicate our lives anymore than it needs to.

— Regina Guzman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rancho Cucamonga, CA