What is Stress?
Stress is essentially your physical response to shifts or transitions in your life. It is a complex health concern to handle because it stems from psychological as opposed to physical threats. Managing stress and anxiety can be very complicated and frustrating. One can feel a lack of control over their lives that can lead to depression, addiction, apathy, and even various physical ailments. Good knowledge of stress and its causes is a crucial primary step towards boosting yourself defeat its adverse effects and learning the art of stress management.
You may frequently question yourself “why do I feel so stressed?”
We experience stress when we are overloaded and trying to cope with the needs of our everyday routine. Stress and anxiety can display itself in a myriad of ways every day like meeting an important deadline at work, feeling overwhelmed taking care of a newborn, feeling unprepared for an important exam and so on. This additional “weight on our shoulders” displays through our thoughts, feelings, and actions. For instance, you may notice that you get sick easily when you are stressed out. Stress is the primary cause of 60% of all human ailments and disorders like mood, behavioral, and thought disorder according to the American Institute of Stress. Besides this stress also escalates a person’s chances of heart diseases.
The short-lived stress helps improve one's performance or overcome a challenge. The natural “fight or flight” response of our bodies and adrenaline in times of short-term stress are known to give individuals incredible focus and energy. This “good” stress is known as Eustress and is as essential as it is to understand and manage as negative stress. This good stress is a significant part of our lives. However, stress that lasts for a long time can create problems at work or school, at home, and with relationships.
Signs of Stress :
The most terrible thing about stress is that it sneaks up on you quietly. It begins to feel familiar becoming a part of your daily life. Without even you noticing, it starts taking a toll on your health and wellbeing. That is why it's necessary to be aware of the common warning symptoms of stress and anxiety.
- Difficulty in remembering things
- Inability to stay focused
- Poor judgment
- Noticing only the negative things
- Uneasy or racing thoughts
- Constant distress
- Depression or usual unhappiness
- Moodiness or irritability
- Feeling confused
- Loneliness and isolation
How to manage stress?
Stress can affect anyone from adults to kids of all ages. According to the statistics of the American Psychological Association (APA), teens in the school reported having notably higher stress levels than what is estimated normal. Moreover, 31% of teens report feeling submerged in stress, and 30% report feeling depressed or sad due to pressure.
It may look like there’s nothing that you can do about stress. There will never be more than 24 hours in the day, the bills won’t stop coming, and your other responsibilities that of work and family will eternally be demanding. But what we don't realize is that we have a lot more control than we might consider. In fact, a mere awareness that we are in control of our life is the foundation of handling stress effectively. Stress management is all about taking command of your way of life, your thoughts, your feelings, and the way you deal with unfavorable situations. Regardless of how distressing your life may appear, there are steps on how to manage stress in life to reduce the unwanted weight off your mind and regain control.
Stress Management Techniques
Since now we are familiar with the basics of stress and its causes, we need to be aware of some essential strategies for managing stress at work and other areas of life.
Preparation: The feeling of not prepared well or enough for a certain work is one of the major causes of stress. Whether it’s a presentation at work, an exam at school, or any other expected hindrance; all can be handled properly making a plan to manage the situation subsequently reducing stress. This can be achieved in several forms, for instance making a study guide for a test, practicing in the mirror at home for a speech, or building an emergency kit for natural disasters. The feeling of being prepared enough for any situation helps in reducing stress and guide you on how to relieve stress and anxiety.
Exercise: Exercise is a great stress reliever. Working out helps to control all the negative feelings and thoughts occurring in our lives by elevating our endorphins. Various studies have proved that exercise can help improve a person's mental along with the physical state. As stated by Scientific American magazine, long bouts of aerobic training release good chemicals in the blood which lessens anxiety and reduce the ability to feel pain.
Meditation:Meditation and breathing exercises are a great way to flush out the chaos and your head. According to APA meditation can “help people see new perspectives, develop self-compassion and forgiveness”. Meditating regularly or stealing a few moments out of your hectic schedule to take deep breathes can lessen the impact of stress on your mental and physical health.
Counseling: AAt times stress is too much for us to control on our own even after practicing these simple techniques. Some problems that trigger stress are extremely complex and require professional help. There is nothing to feel ashamed of in seeking stress management counseling or family counseling services. Building a connection with a family counseling center can be a very positive step towards managing and reducing stress.
Stress Management & Family Counseling
Visit Corporate & Family Counseling, PLLC for professional help. For decades, our stress experts have trained individuals, families and fortune-five hundred corporations alike. We’re ready to help you and yours thrive. We also supervise and train other therapists and medical professionals to measure progress and outcomes of treatment provided to their patients and clients, teaching them how to deal with stress. Life’s trials will always happen, are you ready? We’re glad to help you!
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I have been seeing Michael for just over two years and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking mental health counseling. For the entire duration of my regular visits to him, he has worked with me to reduce the price of each session, as my income has never been sufficient enough to pay full price. In December 2018 I was unexpectedly laid off from my job, so this kindness and generosity was the key to my ability to continue counseling in the following 6 months of job searching. Michael is a great mentor, and counselor, who has helped me develop the tools I need to managed severe anxiety and depression, and the stresses of everyday living. He is patient, trustworthy, and generous. Again, would not hesitate to recommend.
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I’ve never been to any counseling or coaching before, but my Type A personality /anxiety was approaching a level which was interrupting everything else in my life. I felt very comfortable speaking to Michael about my situation. He provided me with tools and exercises to help alleviate my stress levels and anxiety. To this day the tools prescribed to me by Micheal has become a daily routine in my every day life. I totally enjoy the breathing exercises which calms me down total and allows me to refocus and sleep peacefully at night. I can always hear his voice when I start to over think certain situations that triggers my anxiety saying " there’s no reason to suffer unnecessarily".
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Michael Hack presented to our organization. He is extremely professional and understands the corporate culture. His presentation was excellent!
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Michael Hack is responsive, flexible, and one of the nicest people I've ever met. He quickly determined what my son needed and personalized his sessions, giving him strategies to help him be successful. He puts the patient first and is more than willing to adjust his schedule and make himself available. His goal is to help his patients grow and improve, and he did exactly that for my son.
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My son has been seeing Michael for four months now. In his words, "unlike other doctors we have seen, he really listens to me, and is very patient." We have noticed a consistent improvement in the areas that Michael is working on with our son, and we are totally pleased, and intend to continue this therapy as long as our son feels he is gaining valuable instruction and guidance. The family moments at the end of each appointment serve to unite all of us as a team dealing with our son's issues.
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It is very evident that Dr. Michael Hack adheres to a rigorous, statistically-substantive, therapeutic method. It is a method that has helped me enormously. As a sufferer from bipolar disorder, I have been given an increasing number of tools to take control of my mind, and, by implication, my life.
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Both professionally and personally, Michael is a good counselor and good man. Being in healthcare, I am discriminating with patient referrals and Michael has earned my trust, based on his outcomes with patients in several areas of conflict. If you are struggling with an issue, he is a great starting point to turn the tide of your life in a positive direction.
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I found the therapy a positive force in my life that helped me help myself. I came out of my experience with new skills and looking forward to what awaits.
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Michael is a compassionate, thoughtful and experienced clinician well versed in the corporate environment. He knows about work culture and how to enhance leadership, productivity and communication.
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Helpful tips and great guidance on how to handle struggles in life and conflict in the workplace. Michael Hack is an excellent counselor and listener!
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Dr Hack has provided well substantiated, matter-of-fact counseling for my 16 year old son dealing with grief, depression, and ADHD. His approach has worked well for my son and he maintains patient confidentiality whilst managing to still include me in the treatment.
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Very Professional- Great Communication & Counseling Services
I appreciate the time Michael took at each and every session to really listen and offer
I appreciate the time Michael took at each and every session to really listen and offer usable tools to cope with a variety of difficulties. His sincerity, and the ease and comfort level I felt when talking to him made every session a learning experience. I now understand the role mental health has in my life and am on the road to improvement.
Michael Hack is a caring and understanding therapist. He listens and gives great advice
Michael Hack is a caring and understanding therapist. He listens and gives great advice. I live in Florida, and he always makes time for our calls.
Boca R, Florida
CFC's owner, Michael Hack, does outstanding work for our local church
CFC's owner, Michael Hack, does outstanding work for our local church. He is well respected, ethical, and competent. I've seen Michael handling difficult situations and has done so professionally helping ensure a sense of calm is maintained amongst those involved.
William H, TX
Michael has been a great referral for my patients. I have utmost confidence
Michael has been a great referral for my patients. I have utmost confidence in his skills and professionalism. He has helped many of my patients in distress. Will highly recommend him.
Dr. Madiha G, Texas
He is highly professional and very good at getting to the matter in a relaxed manner
He is highly professional and very good at getting to the matter in a relaxed manner. In the end, I'm not the same person that walked into his office before we began.
Dr Hack has been treating my 16-year-old son for about 3 months for grief, depression,
Dr Hack has been treating my 16-year-old son for about 3 months for grief, depression, and ADHD. (His ADHD psychiatrist prescribes meds but doesn't counsel). Dr Hack maintains a good level of patient confidentiality balanced with parent involvement. He is respectful to my son and has offered a variety of mental health exercises. My son would not tolerate "touchy-feely-girly" type conversations where he has to bare his soul and cry, and Dr Hack's matter-of-fact approach has been effective.
Excellent Christian man with a lot of compassion.
Excellent Christian man with a lot of compassion.
Chase W, TX
Mr Hack has gone over and above the average therapist to help my family to operate in a healthy manner
Mr Hack has gone over and above the average therapist to help my family to operate in a healthy manner. He was/is available by phone and in -home visits. He never gave up on us. He analyzes your actions, explores the reactions and suggests other options for actions and language. He follows up on your therapy and helps you make new decisions for thinking and actions. We highly recommend him to you for help!!!
I have been very pleased with Michael Hack and would not hesitate to recommend him
I have been very pleased with Michael Hack and would not hesitate to recommend him. He has helped me gain new insights and develop coping skills that I can carry with me for the rest of my life. He is extremely patient and listens without judgement. Thank you Michael!
Gail H, TX
Dr. Michael Hack has been and continues to be exceptional in the counseling services and guidance
Dr. Michael Hack has been and continues to be exceptional in the counseling services and guidance he offers. In just a few visits to his office, I can already see the tremendous progress I'm making in my personal and professional life. The skills and techniques he provides for overcoming my daily challenges are a must have to anyone who's looking to make a very positive change in their marriage, parenthood, professional careers, and/or social lives. Look forward to my continued visits at Corporate & Family Counseling. With absolute no reservation, I highly recommend Dr. Hack with Corporate & Family Counseling, PLLC to anyone.
CFC was helpful as a whole
CFC was helpful as a whole, but Michael and Jane were true experts at job transition and supporting my mental health in the process. Together, they helped me to manage my job transition and establish my "new normal" and better than ever! I am a very happy guy and my anxiety is gone as there is some direction in life again- Thanks
A healing journey
Corporate & Family Counseling, PLLC creates an environment that is a safe space for clients to express themselves honestly, get to understand their true feelings, and work with the Michael and his team to figure out how to use that information in their journey toward healing. I have referred several clients to Michael's team.
Matt J, US
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Michael is amazing! He is knowledgeable, easy to talk to, does not judge, and provides practical advice to make your life better. Regardless of your issues, Michael can help. I value his perspective and insight. His counsel has changed my life.
Dustin S, US
I would absolutely recommend this company to anyone
I would absolutely recommend this company to anyone in need of counseling! They have been very accommodating to our schedule. Michael Hack has truly been wonderful. Very easy to talk to and great to work with. With all things considered given our circumstances, we have had and will continue to have an amazing experience with this company.
Mandy S, US
Michael is a fantastic counselor and has become one of the most trusted people
Michael is a fantastic counselor and has become one of the most trusted people I can talk to about a variety of things I have been struggling with. His sincerity and dedication to those seeking guidance is admirable and appreciated, and makes him a great mentor. Would not hesitate to recommend.
April S, US