Stress is often one of the underlying contributors to many of the issues we treat at Promises. Stress can come in many forms including that from jobs, relationships or finances. They also as well as the stress that comes with having a substance use disorder or other mental health disorder. It can affect your mental and physical health, leading to longer-term issues if stress is left alone. It can be necessary and beneficial to check out stress management therapy if your stress has become overwhelming. With stress management therapy, you can work through stress rather than let it hinder your personal or professional life.

Stress Management Techniques

a woman talking to her therapist about Stress Management therapyStress management can involve several different approaches designed to calm the sympathetic nervous system as well as provide practical problem-solving skills in the face of distressing situations. The methods used during treatment can range from a number of different methods. Even though varies by treatment center and individual treatment plan, many of these programs may include:

Fitness – Much research has backed the benefits of physical activity for anxiety and stress. Exercise can release tension and stimulate feel-good, calming neurotransmitters in the brain. A fitness therapy program can include aerobic activities like running and swimming or lighter exercises like walking, yoga and stretching.

Mindfulness – Breathing meditation, body scans and other exercises that bring people back to the present moment can have a calming effect and serve as a healthy coping skill. Research has shown mindfulness meditation therapy has several benefits, including stress reduction.

Problem-solving skills – Clients work with their primary therapist and in group therapy to develop and refine problem-solving skills for addressing stressful situations in everyday life. Clients learn to communicate effectively, speak up for their needs, empathize with others and ask for help when needed. This helps them make better decisions for themselves on a day-to-day basis.

Visualization – Visualization techniques can be part of stress management therapy to ground people in the present moment and stop ruminating thoughts. This can be a part of guided imagery, creating an image of a future desired outcome, or conjuring up an image that brings calm and relaxation. Picturing a “happy place” can help ease your stress as well as put you in a better mood.

Expressive therapies – Some of our treatment programs offer expressive therapies like art and music therapy. These approaches encourage clients to express themselves nonverbally, helping them process and release stress in alternative ways.

Manage Your Stress Today

There are a number of ways that people can manage stress. It is important to not let the stress of a job or specific event take control of your life. It is hard to control your stress after it lingers for so long. A stress management therapy program could be the key to a life of less stress. If you or a loved one wants to improve the way they handle stress, call 1.713.528.3709 to learn more about our stress management therapy. Do not let your stress get the best of you, get help today.