From family obligations and personal commitments to career goals and long-term aspirations, life is full of challenges. Most of us get stressed from things we deal with everyday, like meeting deadlines at work or meeting household responsibilities. Communication barriers with friends and family and even sitting in traffic can cause stress; anyone who regularly commutes through Downtown LA or West Hollywood can certainly relate to that!
Stress is a normal reaction to life’s demands, and in some cases, it can help motivate you to get things done. However, stress can also take a physical and psychological toll if not managed effectively. Stress is related to the “fight-or-flight” response hard-wired into our brains, so there is no avoiding it. Once the stress is gone, this survival mechanism is meant to turn off, allowing you to return to a normal, relaxed state. Unfortunately, with the nonstop challenges that some people face in their lives and careers, some find themselves constantly feeling stressed. Chronic stress of this sort can lead to serious physical and mental health problems over time.
Proper management of chronic stress is critical. Rather than risking your health and personal wellbeing by taking matters into your own hands, consider talking to a professional about how to manage your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes talking to an objective, safe professional is the best way to reduce stress and put life into perspective.
Teyhou Smyth and her team are highly skilled at helping people learn effective stress management skills. Once you are able to regain control over your stress levels, you will find greater satisfaction at home and work.