FEELINGS OF STRESS

Feelings of stress, anxiety and depression seem to have become an almost accepted part of our culture. We were meant to thrive in this life, not simply survive it!

Feelings of stress, anxiety and depression seem to have become an almost accepted part of our culture. Perhaps it is the price we have to pay for living the American dream, but I don’t think so. The truth is, there is another way. We were meant to thrive in this life, not simply survive it!

In addition to the many complimentary services highlighted in this issue such as, yoga, meditation, and massage, counseling and other behavioral health care services can also provide a beneficial and rewarding solution to managing life’s challenges.

Behavioral health approaches are a way to enrich your life by reducing stress and increasing emotional, mental and physical well-being. There is a substantial amount of research to support the idea that counseling works. We now understand the link between stress and the development of disease in the body, which greatly informs the practice of behavioral health care. Not only can counseling improve relationships and enhance the quality of day-to-day living, it can literally prevent the development of stress related diseases. Think of a counselor as a different kind of personal trainer or even as a life enhancement specialist. Counseling teaches truly effective ways to deal with common, everyday irritations as well as more entrenched patterns of living.

Think counseling is not for you? You’re not alone. Many people will avoid the option of counseling because of a belief that it is only for people with "real problems," but in reality, most of those who choose counseling as an option are intelligent, successful, and “normal” individuals who simply want to improve their personal, career or family lives. Even for those who enter counseling through a crisis or other urgent need, the experience often opens the door to looking at other areas of their life. The possibilities for growth and personal development are truly limitless.

“When my doctor suggested I talk to a counselor to help reduce stress, I was skeptical. I never thought I would benefit from it, but it was the best thing I ever did! “
-38 year old male
Athens, GA

Author: Anonymous