What Is Stress?

Stress Counselling Plymouth

Stress is our body’s natural response to the demands and pressures of life. It’s like our internal alarm system that kicks into gear when we feel overwhelmed, threatened, or even excited. In small doses, stress can actually be beneficial, motivating us to perform better or tackle challenges head-on. But when stress becomes chronic or overwhelming, that’s when it starts to take a toll on our health and well-being and the saying; “Stress is a killer” becomes more meaningful.

Physically, stress can manifest as headaches, muscle tension, stomach problems, or even a weakened immune system. Mentally and emotionally, it can lead to feelings of anxiety, irritability, sadness, or difficulty concentrating. And guess what? It doesn’t stop there. Prolonged stress can also impact our relationships, work performance, and overall quality of life. It’s a vicious cycle that can leave us feeling trapped and exhausted.

But here’s the good news: counselling can be a game-changer when it comes to managing stress and improving your well-being.

Plymouth Counselling stress

How Plymouth Counselling Can Help Improve and Eliminate Stress

It is often not the event itself but rather the negative thinking about the event that causes the crisis in the mind. Allow yourself the time and space to shift that negative thinking and you will improve your stress levels and ways of coping.

One of the most powerful aspects of counselling is having that safe and non-judgmental space to express your thoughts and emotions. Just talking about your stress can bring a tremendous sense of relief. Your counsellor will actively listen, validate your experiences, and help you gain new perspectives on your stressors.

They’ll work with you to set achievable goals and guide you to that stress free future.

Stress worksheet

Providing The Relationship, Space & Security
To heal

For the past 4 years, Sarah had been working with people across Plymouth, Devon, Cornwall and London to help release them from their anxieties, feelings of low self esteem, depression and life stresses. As individuals, we all have basic needs that need to be met to live a fulfilled life.

You have the resources to make change and live that life. I can help you find your resources and the strength to make the choices you want to be making.

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Sarah Avenell

Integrative Personal Counsellor

4+ years experience