Stress Management for Adults & Teens
It is almost a way of living to constantly push ourselves to do more and it is no wonder more and more research supports that over 90% of all medical conditions can be traced back to stress in our bodies. Through stress counseling we can eliminate some of the physical, mental and emotional challenges that come along with stress.
When our bodies are under consistent amount of stress we may see the negative effects that stress can have on our bodies. These symptoms include:
- Upset stomach
- Back and neck pains
- A change in eating and sleeping
- You may be more susceptible to depression and anxiety.
- It can also weaken your immune system, which is responsible for keeping you healthy by fighting off disease.
When left untreated, stress can cause a number of health conditions may arise overtime.
Stress Counseling for Children
Too often we fail to understand how children are impacted by stress. Children may be experiencing stress and not have the language skills to express what is happening to them.
Areas of stressors may include:
- Family (conflict, separation, divorce, death)
- School (problems with peers, bullying, schoolwork or homework)
- Life transitions (new school, move)
- Environmental (natural disasters).
- Children experience stress in the form of behavioral changes including acting out, defiance, changes in sleep and moods, or difficulty concentrating/focusing.
- Other symptoms may include physical changes such as stomachaches and/or headaches.
Along with eating balanced meals, getting the proper amount of sleep, and daily exercise here’s a few more strategies to help your child calm themselves in times of stress.
Deep breathe. Refocus on calming breathes
1) Slowly breathe in through your nose
2) Hold for three counts
3) Exhale through your mouth while counting to six. Repeat 8x.
- Shake out body. In a fun and silly manner shake out your hands, arms, and legs…be silly and have fun. Movement is the fastest ways to shift energy in the body.
- Laughter. Is excellent medicine for reducing stress.
- Stretch. Stretching each muscle group in the body is an excellent way of reducing tension.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). Tighten each muscle group as you breathe in…hold 10 seconds and then release your breath as you relax your muscles. Work up your body starting with your feet ending at your head.
Massage neck/shoulders. Gently massage neck/shoulders where most stress gets stored in the body.
Meditation. Check out the Meditation books for children by Maureen Garth for some great guided visualizations.
Brain Gym®. Brain Gym is a specific set of movements/exercises to help children in a variety of ways.
Our therapists work with you in a collaborative manner to explore your needs and create a plan to help to you get to your desired end results. If you or someone you know is in need of stress counseling, please contact us at 303.843.6000 or click the button below to request a free initial phone consultation to determine if we can help you.