Dealing with the pressures of life is part if living and survival. We all want to live a life that is free from any form of harm and worries. Though this ideology may seem ideal, there is a greater chance that we can still minimize getting into the tragedies and harsh realities of life while living a peaceful and abundant way of living.
This, of course, mainly depends on each individual. If there is determination to live a fruitful life, it can be achieved. However, if there is lack of motivation and persistence to struggle free from a troubled life, you are far from being close to the ideal.
People who know how to manage stress in their lives have learned how to master the art of dealing with it because they have the willingness to do it. But there are those who seem to find it hard to break free from stress which is pulling their life down. This is because they allow themselves to be overpowered and overloaded with life’s pressures without even exerting an effort to combat it.
Though stress can be easily managed with simple stress relief techniques, in some cases it may reach an extreme level when the stressed individual fails to recognize the increasing level of stress coming from different stressors.
When stress gets out of hand, this becomes the scary part because it affects the person’s overall sense of well-being and that includes hazards to the health condition. If it becomes this worse, simple stress buster techniques and relaxation methods will not be of any help anymore. The person needs to seek outside help or assistance from the medical experts.
Consult Your Physician
Chronic stress is a kind of stress that is repetitive in a person’s condition. It could either be the stressed individual did not bother to beat the stress out or there was failure in identifying the very reason for the stress. Remember to take heed to the stress warnings or the symptoms causing it.
If the physical symptoms are getting worse such as chest pains, migraines that are not the usual migraines, suicidal attempts, worsening breathing difficulties and abnormally increasing heartbeat, run to your physician immediately. Your doctor will be able to help you identify if these symptoms are caused by stress or another factor like an existing illness.
During the consultation stage, your doctor will need to find out about your medical history and conduct a physical exam to check for any medical problems that would explain the physical symptoms. Do not hesitate to open up to your doctor when you are being asked questions about the cause of these indications. If there is any situation that is emotionally affecting you, let your physician know about it.
Once your doctor finds out any underlying stress causing your symptoms, you will be given medical treatment depending on the types of symptoms and its severity. Stress medications can be antidepressants, anti-psychotics, beta blockers, anti-anxiety drugs, and other related drugs. Other basic treatment prescriptions may include regular exercise program, counseling by mental health experts, hypnosis and biofeedback.
If your doctor recommends you to a mental health professional or counselor, go to those who have good background in dealing with a similar case as yours. Therapy can also be an effective option for intense levels of stress. It just takes a little while for recovery but still that depends on how well you respond to the therapy.
Your therapist may conduct a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with you which is a kind of counseling that aims to alter thought and behavioral patterns to reduce the current condition of the patient.
Another kind of therapy is the biofeedback which is a method that makes use of the mind to control body functions such as skin temperature, muscle tension, heart rate, and blood pressure. Sensors are attached to the body with a monitoring device to detect any automatic feedback on any of the body function.
Hypnotherapy can be another alternative for stress treatment. For treatment of physical or psychological conditions, this therapy uses hypnosis which allows the patient to be in a state of concentration. Through this, the stressed individual accepts any ideas or helpful opinions that can alleviate the condition.