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Management - Implications - Counselling

Talking therapies for stress management counseling - counselling for personal development

Counselling is one of the popular talking therapies for stress. In the U.S.A. the spelling is Counseling with one "l". Counselling or Counseling is one of a range of approaches available for dealing with the stresses of modern life. The experience is not just one of "fixing a problem" - but of building personal development and maturation of personality and lifeskills so that one is less stress-prone in the future.
Information & resources about coping with stress, the health implications of stressful living and the significance of stress to our relationships can be found on this website. Information, tips and advice about healing emotional wounds can be found on our Path of Healing website.

At Sunflower Health UK we do not follow a pure counselling (talking therapy) approach to stress, our approach is holistic i.e. working with mind, body, spirit, perceptions, life skills and behaviour patterns.

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A Range of Popular Strategies for dealing with Stress...

choices rationale advantages disadvantages
Do nothing - sit it out!

BUT: Burnt out?

"nothing stays bad forever!" Requires no effort from us
acceptance of the situation reduces stress feelings
Misery, sickness, even death may occur before good times roll again
unrelieved stress damages health, welfare & relationships
React aggressively!

BUT: Conflict-prone?

"if people/the world give me hassle - I will give the same back!...
...otherwise they will just keep giving me a bad time (or not meeting my needs)!"
Reduces stress feelings by avoiding helplessness
people may be 'woken up' to our needs
Relationship damage
(kickback effects may increase stress)
raised blood pressure
Escape stress - take a break!

BUT: Split off?

"stress is healthy but 'stress exhaustion' is not!" Short pleasant breaks from suffering 're-charge our batteries' to cope
e.g. balanced life, taking a walk, etc
Does not change the stress situation
Control (reduce) it!

BUT: Missed Opportunity?

"I am in charge of my life!" Part of our stress feelings come from how we react to what is (or is not) happening.
Responding skilfully to stress e.g. assertively can:
a) improve our reactions to events
b) reduce demands on us
c) increase our capacity to cope
An over-controlling approach to life & relationships can be a source of stress.
Sometimes we need to be more "easy going" i.e. "go with the flow" and be more tolerant & less demanding
Express our stress
- let the emotions flow!

BUT: Disturbed?

Stress is a highly emotional experience. When we "bottle-up" our stress we become increasingly dysfunctional - stress increases & health, welfare & relationships suffer. Our anger, depression, fear, frustration & rage need to "flow" out of us.
"Flowing out" can take the form of writing, talking, art, poetry, vigorous physical activity etc.
Mind & body become clearer and more energised. Situations & opportunities are perceived more clearly, wiser choices & decisions result. Risk of becoming addicted to the flow of feelings, e.g. the "power" or the "easy option" of blaming others - rather than taking personal responsibility for sensibly tackling the sources of our stress.
Learn & Grow!!

BUT: Psychic/emotional victim?

The universe & human beings change constantly - we need to move forwards with this fundamental life process or we will become increasingly out of harmony with the world around us. If stress is seen as the signal that we are out of harmony - the door opens to positive and adaptive responses to the feelings of stress.
Stress is an energy that we can harness for the evolution of our personal destiny or life story.
Changing ourselves (e.g. our attitudes or behaviour) is hard.
In the short-term it may increase our stress level.
*Grief Counseling   *What is Stress?
*Stress & Personal Development
*Prevention of Stress   *Living with Hate


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