Stress management refers to the wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person’s levels of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of improving everyday functioning.
Stress is often defined as the body’s response to the demands of life, though stress also involves emotions and the mind. It is the internal, conditioned reaction of a person to perceived external pressures and is experienced as thoughts and feelings as well as physical processes. A mental health professional can often help treat any difficulties experienced as a result of coping with high levels of stress. Stress isn’t a medical diagnosis, so there’s no specific treatment for it. However, if you’re finding it very hard to cope with things going on in your life and are experiencing lots of signs of stress, there are treatments available that could help.
- talking treatments
- complementary and alternative therapies
Treatment for stress relief usually involves a combination of methods that can include lifestyle changes, counseling, and relaxation or stress-management techniques.
The treatment of your stress will vary greatly depending on the types of symptoms you are experiencing and how severe they are.
Treatment can range from simple reassurance to inpatient care and evaluation in a hospital setting.
Once a careful workup and evaluation by a doctor to rule out medical causes of your symptoms and to assist in identifying stress-related or emotional conditions has occurred, there are several ways to relieve stress.
Depending on your personality and lifestyle, one or more of these modalities may be right for you:
- Regular exercise program
- Healthy diet and nutrition habits
- Biofeedback as indicated
- Yoga or related exercise
- Counseling by qualified mental-health professionals, as needed
- Medical intervention for any physical problems discovered