How To Get Free Of Stress

Get control of your stress before it destroys you.

What is the cause of stress?

There are numerous things that cause stress, such as situations and circumstances that are perceived or actual pressures. Though stress is often perceived as external but it is also internal. Internal stress is perceived stress and which is the result of our past and probably that of our childhood.

Negative external stressors can include work schedules, performance demands, marital difficulties, a troubled child, a family sickness, change of a job, and much more.

Positive external stressors can include getting married, going to school, receiving a raise, purchasing a new home and the list goes on.

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What are some common stressors?

Common external stressors can include:

  • Work
  • School
  • Any major life change
  • Relationship issues
  • Simply being too busy
  • Children and family
  • Money issues
  • Common internal stressors can include:
  • Negative thinking
  • Worrying
  • Suspiciousness
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Rigid thinking
  • Negative self-talk
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • An attitude of all or nothing
  • Past trauma or attachment issues

What does stress do to your body?

The number one issue that stress creates in the body is adrenal exhaustion along with an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system where you become sympathetically dominant instead of balanced. With stress unchecked will lead to chronic and degenerative diseases such as:


  • IBS
  • Hypoglycaemia,
  • Candida Celiac Disease
  • Chronic headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Change in appetite
  • Sexual disorders
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Frequent colds or flus
  • Intense and long term tiredness
  • Prone to illness
  • What are the behavioral symptoms of stress?
  • When someone is under stress especially prolonged stress their behavior can include any or all of the following:
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Disinterest in that which is important
  • Yawning
  • Rapid talking
  • Talking to loud
  • Fiddling and fidgeting
  • Twitching
  • Nail biting
  • Grinding teeth
  • Drumming fingers
  • Pacing
  • Over reaching
  • Being and feeling emotional
  • Being defensive
  • Irritable
  • Irrational
  • Defensive
  • Hostile
  • Critical
  • Aggressive
  • Touchy
  • Easily triggered by others emotions
  • Suspiciousness
  • Jumping to conclusions and interpretations

How can I manage stress?

To manage stress we need to first ask ourselves “How do I handle stress?” How do you handle stress at work? With health issues? Family issues? With your partner? With the birth of a baby? Death of a loved one?

Having healthy coping and self-regulating skills is important if you want to remain healthy. Some coping skills can include good boundaries, good time management, proper breathing, good self-talk, healthy relational support and getting the professional help you need from a counsellor, social worker or psychotherapist.

At New Hope Counselling Centre we can provide you with the health solutions you need.  Our trained team of therapists can help you to resolve your stress and the effects of stress on your mind, body and relationships.  We are here for you!  Call us today!

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Written by James A. Miklos, Ph.D. - Clinical director and therapist.   James is the clinical director of New Hope Counselling Centre in Burlington, Ontario and has been counselling and providing mental health therapy for over 25 years.  James is a Certified EMDR Therapist.  His specializes in Trauma Therapy, Psychological Homeopathy and is a holistic practitioner..  James has numerous publications and periodicals, he has also self-published the book, “The Biblical Art of Dream Interpretation”.  He also is available for speaking engagements as well as conducting workshops and seminars as well.

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