Is Stress Impacting Your Health??… How Counseling Can Help NOW.

Stress counseling in Tampa offers a way to conquer your everyday overwhelming stress FAST while gaining that sense of control BACK.

According to the American Institute of Stress, “stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century.” It’s no wonder then that so many people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and depressed. If you’re struggling to cope with stress, you’re not alone. The good news is that there is help available. Counseling can provide the support you need to manage your stress and improve your mental health.

What Is Stress?

Stress is a response to a real or perceived threat. When we perceive a threat, our bodies go into “fight-or-flight” mode. This causes a release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which increases our heart rate and blood pressure. In the short-term, this response can be helpful. It can help us to stay alert and focused so that we can deal with the threat. However, when we’re constantly in a state of stress, it takes a toll on our bodies and our mental health.

Signs That You May Be Stressed
There are both physical and emotional signs that you may be stressed. Physical signs include headaches, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, upset stomach, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and changes in appetite. Emotional signs include anxiety, irritability, depression, frustration, sense of impending doom, feeling overwhelmed, and difficulty concentrating. If you are experiencing any of these signs, it’s important to seek help.

How Counseling Can Help
Counseling can provide the support you need to manage your stress. A counselor can help you to identify the sources of your stress and develop healthy coping skills. Counseling can also provide a safe space for you to process your emotions and work through any trauma that may be contributing to your stress. If you’re ready to start managing your stress and improving your mental health, counseling can help.

Are you tired of feeling run down? Feel like you constantly have a short fuse? Do you feel like you want to isolate to just get some peace and quiet in your life? Or… Are your home and work duties overshadowing enjoying time with your friends a family? These are signs that you have to STOP letting stress run your life!

We use a proven way to combat stress through counseling in our Tampa practice not only to decrease your feeling of stress but to thrive in a place of success more efficiently!

Most people ignore the signs of stress until the effects get too overwhelming that they can’t be ignored anymore. Research shows that prolonged exposure to stress eventually causes significant psychological and physical health concerns. It is so important to conquer your stress at the first signs and not put it off!

To do this… you need a proven plan that works. The quickest way to get in control of your health is finding a mentor or counselor in Tampa that has a proven plan to target these signs quickly. If you have a mentor or counselor who knows what they’re doing it should only a handful of appointments to get you back on track and get relief NOW.

Stop trying to “handle it” all and do it alone! Get a counselor who has a proven plan.

If you’re still contemplating whether your level of stress is a problem or impacting health…

Here’s 4 Red Flags of Stress that you SHOULD NOT ignore and seek help quickly:

  • You always feel “on edge”. This usually means your nervous system is on overdrive and doesn’t know how to turn off. This occurs when your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is running the show because your body doesn’t know how to turn it off. You have to train this side of your nervous system through skill acquisition to efficiently shut the SNS down.

When the SNS is overwhelmed, your body is in a constant state of “fight or flight” even when nothing bad is happening around you. You can fix this quickly. Through counseling Tampa you can learn how to get control to turn off these patterns so your body can rest and recover. If ignored…. Overuse of the SNS can increase and be even more problematic leading to other health concerns such as panic attacks and stroke.

  • Sleep Issues. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or continuously wake up throughout the night this is a clear sign stress is creeping in. If we don’t know how to manage our stress through the day, how do you think your brain is going to deal with it at night? Not well! How you manage your daily responsibilities and feeling “in control” directly impacts how you sleep.

Ever had a big project due to next morning you were envious about which kept you up all night? Well the same effect came happen with all your tasks you’re trying to keep straight. If you don’t have an efficient plan during the day to manage stress it will wreak havoc on your sleep.

How we sleep has a serious impact on your physical health. During our sleep cycles our body repairs and heals the heart and the blood vessels throughout the body. If this process interrupted it throws off how your body functions. Prolonged sleep issues has been linked to illnesses such as depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

You need your full 8 eight hours (or close to it) to thrive!

  • Erratic Eating Patterns. Stress can be shown through how and what we eat. Some people overeat when feeling the pressures of their responsibly while others under eat. Consciously or unconsciously food is a way for us to gain control in our lives. Finding counseling in Tampa can detect these signs right away. An experienced counselor can identify that this is a red flag for stress within the first appointment.

Food has an emotional connection to all of us. Most of these connections are based in our childhood and the feeling of safety hence the term “comfort food”. So when our eating patterns change that’s a cue that psychologically something is out-of-wack. These erratic eating patterns start a ripple effect leading to problematic health concerns such as weight gain, diabetes, severe heartburn, ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, or even acid reflux.

Thousands of signals from your gut are sent to your brain every moment. If your normal eating patterns change your brain will go into protective mode. This also happens in reverse…. If you’re stressed… your brain will send signals to your gut often leaving you with that “knot in your stomach” feeling. Both signals tell the body “something isn’t right” causing the cycle of stress to continue.

Through maintaining your stress every single day with efficient simple skills you’ll never have to experience erratic eating patterns again.

  • Bye Bye Sex Drive. High levels of stress directly impacts our hormones. Whether you’re a male or female, stress effects your sex drive! The hormone Cortisol is released when the body is stressed. This hormone is meant regulate blood pressure and other systems in the body. When too much cortisol is released (meaning when you’re overly stressed) Cortisol affects the functioning of the reproductive system.

For men this affect could mean erectile dysfunction, low sexual desire, or issues with the prostate glands. For women this could mean irregular menstrual cycles, menopause, and no sexual desire.

STOP letting Stress interfere with your sex life!

Chronic and ongoing stress has significant repercussions on your psychological and physical health which bleeds into our relationships with others. You don’t have to settle for how you’re dealing with your stress now. Find counseling in Tampa that can help you get control of stress FAST and EFFICIENTLY.

At Aniesa Hanson Counseling we specialize in proven interventions that conquer your stress NOW without having to go through years of therapy. Most clients find relief within their first four appointments. Finding a counselor in Tampa who specializes in these concerns is crucial to your success. If you’re struggling with stress, know that you’re not alone. Counseling can provide the support you need to manage your stressors and improve your mental health. Don’t wait to get help. Contact a counseling professional today.

Call us today (813) 333-1425 to learn more OR schedule your first appointment now!

Stop waiting for the “perfect time”.… take control of your health TODAY.

Work With An Experienced Therapist.