Are you stressed?

Stress is a normal bodily response to a trigger in your environment that causes you to feel threatened or upset. When your brain perceives danger, it signals your body to activate an automatic process. Stress can include thinking, emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms, including the following:

  • Memory problems and foggy thinking
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Irritability, moodiness and nervousness
  • Insomnia, bodily pains, heart palpitations, and indigestion

Stages of Stress

Hans Selye (1907-1982) conceptualized the body’s stress response as a series of three stages, referred to as the General Adaption Syndrome.

Stage 1: Alarm Reaction

This first stage refers to your immediate reaction to a stressor. During this stage, you experience the “fight-flight-or freeze” response, which is your body’s automatic process to deal with a perceived threat-real or imagined. Your body undergoes a series of physiological processes to prepare you to handle the threat. In particular, a signal is sent to the brain’s hypothalamus then to the pituitary gland and finally to the adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones trigger your body to immediately react.

Stage 2: Resistance

If the stress remains, your body attempts to adapt to the stressor and maintains a level of alertness. Your body continues to release hormones to help the body react.

Stage 3: Exhaustion

When the stress remains, your body has difficulty resisting the stressor. By this stage, your body becomes exhausted and many bodily functions can become impaired. Someone who experiences daily conflict at work or home, for example, might eventually develop high blood pressure, get sick, experience sleep problems or feel fatigued.

Stress Management

While we can’t eliminate stress completely from our lives, we can better manage stress. This will lead to improved physical, emotional, and cognitive health. Meeting with a therapist can help you identify what specifically causes you stress and how to better manage stress in your life. Dr. Mazzei takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to manage stress. The goal of counseling is to help individuals identify the causes of their stress, to develop the necessary skills to cope with stress, and to foster positive life changes. Relaxation training, mindfulness, thought changing, biofeedback, and behavior therapy are just some of the techniques that have been found to reduce stress. Working with an stress management specialist can facilitate appropriate changes in thinking, emotions, behavior and in relationships, all of which can help alleviate stress.

How do I get started?

The best place to start is by speaking to our staff, who can discuss stress management treatment, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call or contact us today.

Connect With Us

Evolutions Behavioral Health is conveniently located at 1827 Walden Office Square, Suite 250, Schaumburg, IL. You can reach us at 847-386-8829.