Stress Specialist

Tranquil Soul Counseling

Mary K. Tatum, MS, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) & Health and Wellness Coach located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Stress is variable and affects everyone differently. Nonetheless, more than half of Americans report feeling stressed about issues ranging from work and money to the future of our nation. If your stress levels are unbearable and the physical and emotional side effects are disrupting your life, contact Tranquil Soul Counseling in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Licensed psychotherapist Mary K. Tatum, MS, LMHC, offers customized counseling services to help you reduce and manage your stress and lead a healthy, active life. Call Tranquil Soul Counseling or make an appointment online today.

Stress Q & A

What is stress?

Stress is most often described as physical, mental, or emotional tension. However, this simple definition doesn’t cover the spectrum of mental, emotional, and physical effects of stress.

At its most benign, stress motivates you to action, whether you need to complete a project at work or get away from a dangerous situation. However, stress can also overwhelm you, making it seemingly impossible to make a decision or a change.

Stress causes a variety of emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms, including:

  • Irritability
  • Feeling of lost control
  • Trouble relaxing or quieting your mind
  • Low self-esteem
  • Worrying and anxiety
  • Memory problems and disorganization
  • Poor focus and judgment
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Tense muscles
  • Rapid heartbeat

If you suffer from stress, you might also have frequent headaches, teeth grinding, upset stomach, colds, and infections.

What causes stress?

The causes of stress are unique to each individual. It’s also important to remember that stressors are just as likely to be positive as negative. For example, losing a job and starting a new career are both stressful situations.

Your perception of a situation often triggers stress. For example, you may feel overwhelmed by a big project coming up at work or a family function but when the time comes around you complete your project and get through the event. While these situations may not have been as bad as you anticipated, you still suffered through the stress in advance.

When is stress a problem?

Everyone experiences stress, it’s a normal part of human existence. However, when your stress levels and symptoms disrupt your life, you should talk to a professional like Mary K. For example, stress can lead to dangerous coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, emotional eating, or self-harm.

How is stress treated?

Mary K. offers customized counseling sessions to help you examine your stressors and develop strategies to resolve your stress in a safe environment. You talk about your life and the situations that cause you stress, exploring why the situation triggers stressful feelings. You also learn to take control of your emotions and strategies to deal with stress as well as developing your self-confidence so that you truly believe that you can handle whatever life throws at you.

Call Tranquil Soul Counseling or make an appointment online today to get compassionate, professional help to address the stressors in your life.

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