Stress Management

What is Stress ?

Although we tend to think of stress as caused by external events, events in themselves are not stressful. Rather, it is the way in which we interpret and react to events that makes them stressful. People differ dramatically in the type of events they interpret as stressful and the way in which they respond to such stress. For example, speaking in public can be stressful for some people and relaxing for others. Symptoms of Stress There are several signs and symptoms that you may notice when you are experiencing stress. When you are under stress, you may experience one or more of the following:


  • Anxious
  • Scared
  • Irritable
  • Moody


  • Low self-esteem
  • Fear of failure
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Embarrassing easily
  • Worrying about the future
  • Preoccupation with thoughts/tasks
  • Forgetfulness

A counsellor/therapist can help you effectively manage your stress by helping you:

  • Recognize and accept your limits. Remember that everyone is unique and different
  • Bring balance back into your life
  • Organize your time
  • Set realistic goals
  • Set priorities
  • Become aware of your own reactions to stress
  • Reinforce positive self-statements
  • Focus on your good qualities and accomplishments
  • Avoid unnecessary competition
  • Develop assertive behaviors

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