We all deal with stress from the moment the alarm goes off to the time our head reaches the pillow at night. Stress is around us 24-7 – even our dreams can be stressful! It is one of those experiences that can build up over time, or hit us in a flash from an unexpected source. When stress doesn’t go away, we can enter the fight, flight, or freeze mode and life can become even more complicated.
Some people fight when the stress builds up. They get angry and lose their cool; they say and do things they don’t mean and later regret. Other people hide and hibernate, waiting and hoping for the storm of stress to pass, while some just freeze, as if in a deer in headlights state. It is no wonder that when we are stressed it’s tough to enjoy the small things in life, let alone get our daily work done and find time to work on those long term goals.
The good news is that stress can be manageable. While we may not be able to get rid of the source of stress, we can choose how to respond to it if stress is actually building up. I have found that the first step in this process is determining how much stress is affecting you. One way to determine this is to check these 3 areas:
If one or all 3 of these stress components are happening to you, I would love to show you how to break the stress cycle and effectively manage it. I have have helped people develop effective mind and body strategies for taming the stress response and begin living for what really matters in life.
If you would like to learn more about stress management, give us a call today – 360-692-3970 (www.nwfamilypsychology.com).
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Jake Kim, LICSW. He has been providing treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, eating disorders, and treating significant life transitions for several years.
Jake uses evidence-based practice modalities as well as older mind body practices to help achieve balance for his clients.
Jake is currently accepting new patients at our Silverdale office.
Most insurance plans accepted.