Stress is not 'all in the mind'. It is a real physiological state of over-arousal, which can race your
heart and churn your guts; and make you feel frightened and panicky. It is a state of over-arousal that can be reduced
when you understand how to manage the mental and physical triggers that allow stress to get out of control.
Dr Jim Byrne
Feelings of Stress Destroy the Quality of Your Life
Stress can manifest as a constant feeling of inability to cope with the pressures of life,
at home or at work. In fact, a good definition of stress is this:
Stress = Pressure/Coping ability; or stress equals pressure divided by your coping
The higher your level
of coping ability, the more pressure you can handle before your stress level begins to feel like distress.
If you cannot reduce the pressures in your life,
then the solution is to increase your coping ability. Your coping ability consists of both mental and physical elements.
The mental elements have to do with how you frame or interpret your stressors; and how you
'talk to yourself' about how to cope. Your physical coping ability has to do with ways of
minimizing physiological arousal when you are under pressure.
I can teach you how to increase your mental and physical coping strategies and skills.
If you want
to be able to cope better with the pressures in your life, and to feel happy despite those pressures, I can help you to develop
the correct understanding and the appropriate skills.
1. Telephone counselling: You don't even have to take time out to come and see me
at my office; and we never even have to meet. We can work together over the telephone, and I can send you follow-up reading material, and you can email me with progress reports.
Jim Byrne Doctor of Counselling ABC Coaching and Counselling Services
CENT e-book No.3: How to Reduce and Control Your
Stress Level, and to Have a Happier Life: The CENT approach
The purpose of this book is to teach the reader what stress is, and how to combat
it. It is written in the form of a self-help manual, with spaces for self-reflection exercises. However, it could also be
used by counsellors, counselling students, and interested others, as a means to learn, understand and present the CENT approach to
Stress Management in counselling, coaching and therapy contexts.
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