Stress Management

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SpotLyte Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health & Therapy Services located in Downingtown, PA

You can't escape stress altogether, and some degree of stress is useful for helping you perform at your best. However, if stress becomes a chronic state of mind, it can have serious consequences. If you're finding stress to be a constant companion, SpotLyte Behavioral Health can help. At their office in Downingtown, the skilled team members teach you stress management techniques to help you cope with stress. To find out more, call the SpotLyte Behavioral Health office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Stress Management Q & A

What is stress management?

Stress management is a way of reducing the harmful effects of chronic stress.

Stress is something everyone feels at times — pressure at work or school, fear of a surgical procedure, anxiety about the safety of a loved one — these are just some of the many examples of stress affecting everyday life.

Some stress is a necessary and positive influence; without a degree of stress, you'd lack motivation and wouldn't achieve your best in life. The hormones that your body releases at times of stress, such as adrenaline and cortisol, sharpen your mind and body to help you perform at your best.

The problem with stress is that if you're experiencing high stress levels all or most of the time, your body is constantly producing these hormones, which can have a serious effect on your mental and physical health. 

Why is stress management important?

Stress management is important because of the effect unmanaged stress can have on your health. Chronic stress can increase your risk of developing conditions such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression and anxiety
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

Chronic stress also worsens existing health problems like asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcers, and chronic pain. When you feel the weight of stress, it's harder to make healthy choices like eating sensibly and avoiding smoking or excessive drinking, which makes you feel even worse.

Stress management training at SpotLyte Behavioral Health can reverse many of these problems and prevent your health from deteriorating further.

What does stress management involve?

A variety of techniques could assist with stress management. First, the team at SpotLyte Behavioral Health helps you recognize the signs of stress so you can tackle the cause of the problem.

Your signs of stress may not be the same as other people's, but could include:

  • Turning to comfort food
  • Using alcohol or other substances
  • Feeling irritable and angry much of the time
  • Losing your temper
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleeping poorly
  • Feeling overwhelmed

The team at SpotLyte Behavioral Health also helps you find ways to relax and relieve stress. Regular exercise is an excellent stress-buster, and it’s good for your mind and your body — there's plenty of evidence to demonstrate the beneficial effects of a daily walk in boosting mood.

Relaxing activities are also important, and there are many alternatives, including yoga, tai chi, meditation, and mindfulness. Other ways of relaxing and managing your stress may be personal to you, such as gardening, playing sports, hobbies and crafts, or learning a new skill.

For many more ideas on managing stress, call SpotLyte Behavioral Health today or book an appointment online.